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Episcia Sea Foam peach flowers

Episcia Sea Foam Blooming peach flowers

Blooming Peach flowers! What a beauty! This episcia is just growing and blooming on my patio in 95 + degree temperature! Soon it will be in the 100’s here in Austin, Texas! Episcia sea foam has silvery green leaves with a pink/mauve hue with pink veins in the leaves. The flowers are peach and it is just blooming profusely! Episcias are really easy to grow! Try growing them outside in the summer time under a covered patio; you will be surprised how beautiful they are and how fast they grow! Please contact me if you need information on growing episcias or please leave a comment.

Episcia Sea Foam

Episcia Sea Foam blooming peach flowers

Rhizomatous Begonia Crestabruchii

Rhizomatous Begonia "Crestabruchii"

One of the most unusual begonias ever! This begonia is also called the lettuce leaf begonia. It has large leaves with red veins and the edges are curly and frilly like foam! This is a very huge leaved rhizomatous begonia. The leaves are at least 12″ wide and long. This begonia is one of my favorite begonias it is beautiful! It is one of the begonias I collected first along with the Iron Cross begonia. If you like huge leaved begonias and I mean very huge, then try this begonia. It is so easy to grow, but make sure you have plenty of space to grow this one! I fertilize this begonia every time I water and once a month I water with plain water. Do not fertilize during the winter. The soil mix I use for all of my begonias and episcias also; is 1 part potting soil, 1 part peat moss, 1part perlite or vermiculite or both. You can also use any kind of potting medium like miracle grow. But don’t fertilize your plants for at least 3 to 6 months if you are using potting medium because most of them have a time released fertilizer in them. Also I like to add sand in my begonias it helps with the water drainage so they wont stay wet.

Episcias I bid on at ebay

Episcias I bid on at ebay!

I just wanted to show every one a picture of a couple of episcias I won at ebay. The winning bid was $4.95. I just love bidding on plants on ebay. You can get lots of different varieties of plants at great prices! If you can’t find a certain plant that you are looking for in your home town; you can always try ebay! I bet you will find it there. Just make sure that if you do decide to purchase something off of ebay check on the sellers feedback before you bid or purchase something. Take a look now to see what episcias are

Angel Wing Begonia Salmon Rubra

Angel Wing Begonia Salmon Rubra

Hello everyone! I wanted to show you a begonia that I purchased at the Southwest Begonia Get together in Ft Worth Texas this May of 2010. The name of this Angel Wing Begonia is Salmon Rubra and it has tripled in size! The flowers are a orange salmon color. I love the way it keeps its compact growth and how  the stems hang down with its sprays of salmon flowers. It is just covered with salmon flowers! This is a keeper! It would be great  for growing in a hanging basket.

 

Angel Wing Begonia Orange Rubra

Angel Wing Begonia Salmon Rubra "Blooming Salmon orange flowers"

Below is a starter plant of Salmon Rubra in a 3″ cup.

Angel Wing Begonia Salmon Rubra

Angel Wing Begonia Salmon Rubra

Episcia Black Foot Blooming red and orange flowers

Episcia Black Foot Blooming Orange/Red Flowers

Doesn’t the name describe this episcia exactly! The leaves are a deep burgundy bronze and the flowers are a bright orange/red color. The leaves are a medium size and this episcia seems to grow more compact than the others. I have been waiting for it to produce some stolons so I can take a few cuttings, but it prefers to keep on blooming instead of growing more runners. I probably won’t have any to sale until late summer or early fall.

Episcia Black Foot

Episcia fimbriata blue heaven

Episcia fimbriata blue heaven

Episcia fimbriata blue heaven is one of the episcias that bloom a lavender/blue flower. It is very pretty and it grows lots of runners. I have had as many as 50 or more starter plants of this episcia at one time! The leaves on this episcia are a bright green with a velvety texture. It looks so delicate! But it is just to easy to grow! This episcia along with my other episcias; including episcia ember lace is growing out side on the patio. I grow all of my episcias outside on the patio in the summer. In the winter I bring them back inside of the house and grow them under florescent lights.

Episcia fimbriata Blue Heaven

Episcia fimbriata Blue Heaven

Small starter in a 2.5 oz pot

Episcia fimbriata Blue Heaven

Episcia fimbriata Blue Heaven

 

Episcia Pink Acajou

Episcia Pink Acajou

Episcia Pink Acajou is such a beautiful episcia! It has such beautiful bright pink and mauve leaves with a quilted bronze edge. I grow episcias instead of Rex begonias in the summer. Episcias are so much easier to grow than a Rex begonia here in Texas. I love Rex begonias, but they can not stand the summer heat! Episcias in the other hand just love it! As you can see they have beautiful peacock color leaves! (Many colors) and they bloom lots of tubular flowers all over the plant. Episcias bloom in many different colors, they bloom in red, orange, yellow, white, lavender, and white with a dusty rose stripe! The episcia in the picture is only 6 weeks old! Did I mention they grow fast! They love the heat! Below is picture of starter plant of Episcia Pink acajou in a 4″ pot.

Episcia Pink Acajou

Episcia Pink Acajou

Below is a small starter growing in a solo cup

Episcia Pink Acajou

Episcia Pink Acajou

 

Episcia Strawberry Patch

Episcia Strawberry Patch Blooming Red and Yellow flowers

This episcia is one of the first episcias I collected. It looks hard to grow; but it is one of the easiest to grow. The leaves are a beautiful dark pink color. It is blooming a yellow and orange color in the picture, I don’t know why it bloomed yellow!? But the true color is more of a orange and red flower. I grow this episcia on the patio in the Summer. I know it is seems impossible, but they do like the warm steamy temperatures here in Texas! Don’t be afraid to grow these beauties! They are much easier to grow than an African Violet! Once you get this episcia growing you will have more plants than you can handle! I just love this one it is one of my favorite episcias. As soon as someone sees it they just have to have one!

Episcia Strawberry patch

Episcia Strawberry Patch

Puppy with toy in his mouth Does any body want to play with me? I know my toy looks gross but I need to keep biting it over and over again so I can hear that squeaky noise it makes! Plus my baby teeth are bothering me! This is our new puppy he loves his stuffed animal (toy). He runs around the house with his toy in his mouth all day and then when he sees somebody he stops and drops it and stares at you hoping you’ll play with him! He’s just to cute; who can say no to him!

Sad puppy "Please anybody play with me!"

Angel Wing Begonias Growing under the trees

Angel Wing Begonias Growing under the trees

You are looking at some of my Angel Wing begonias growing by the fence under the trees in the Texas heat! Every spring, summer and fall, I take all of my Angel Wing Begonias out of the green house and put them under the trees in my back yard. They just love it out there and they grow so fast. They bloom almost year round! Some of them will stop blooming from December till mid February; but they know when spring time is coming around! Because they just start growing and blooming like crazy!  I know a lot of begonia growing beginners say, ” I can’t get my Angel Wing Begonias to bloom”, just don’t give up! they will bloom eventually.   I can tell you stories on how I could never get an Angel Wing Begonia to bloom. But the Angel Wing Begonia down the street was blooming all the time! What do I need to do to get mine to bloom! I asked the neighbor what’s the secret? She just said I use peter’s fertilizer and water it when it’s almost dry. Of course I did what she said but it still didn’t work! I finally figured out (it took me 25 + years and still figuring out how to grow begonias!) Angel Wing begonias grow better under the trees and on a patio in the summer. They like the cooler night temperatures! I do fertilize my Angel Wing Begonias every time I water and I water them with plain water once a month. I do not fertilize in the winter. Types of fertilizers I have used are Peter’s, Miracle Grow, Schultz, Fish Emulsion, and I will probably try new ones! It doesn’t matter which fertilizer you use  just keep a regular schedule.

 

Angel Wing Cane type Begonias

Angel Wing Begonias growing under the trees in Texas

Angel Wing Begonia Cuttings

Angel Wing Begonia Cuttings

 

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