How to Care for Episcia Pink Brocade

Overview

Episcia are warm-climate plants known for their colorful leaves. They are often grown as houseplants. The leaves of the Pink (sometimes called Rose) Brocade episcia are light green and cream in the middle, and bright pink around the edges. The flowers of the Pink Brocade are bright reddish-orange. This slow growing, beautiful plant does not tolerate cold or dry conditions very well and it is also susceptible to insect pests and plant diseases. For these reasons, the Episcia Pink Brocade needs to be cared for attentively.

Step 1

Place your Pink Brocade Episcia in a brightly-lit location. Do not, however, place it in direct sunlight, as this can scorch the plant's delicate leaves. Place it in a location where it will get afternoon shade if it is outdoors. If your plant is indoors, set it near a south- or north-facing window, or under a skylight. Make sure it gets at least eight hours of sunlight a day.

Step 2

Water your Pink Brocade when the potting medium or soil is slightly dry, but not completely. The top of the soil should feel dry to the touch, but when you insert your finger into the soil it should feel moist. Do not allow the plant to sit in standing water as this can lead to rotting. For best results, grow a Pink Brocade in a terrarium, about 8 to 10 inches from florescent lights, and let the water evaporate and condense.

Step 3

Maintain a constant temperature of between 60 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit around your plant. If your Episcia Pink Brocade is exposed to much low temperature (below 50 degrees) even once, it will quickly die.

Step 4

Fertilize your Pink Brocade by mixing a one-quarter tsp. or soluble balanced (10-10-10) fertilizer with a gallon of water. Then, use the fertilized water whenever you water the plant. During the growing season, increase the amount to one-half tsp.

Step 5

Examine your plant periodically for leaf droop (a sign of overwatering), yellow spots on leaves (a sign that the plant is suffering from low humidity), brown spots on leaves (a symptom of over-fertilizing) and for mealy bugs, which will hide on the underside of the leaves. Wipe off mealy bugs with a warm, damp rag.

Things You'll Need

  • Watering tool
  • Terrarium (optional)
  • Florescent lights (optional)
  • Water soluble balanced fertilizer
  • Rag

References

  • Blossoms-Birds-Butterflies.com: Episcia Care

Who Can Help

  • GreenCulturesg.com: Episcia Pests and Diseases
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April Sanders has been a writer and educator for 11 years. She is a published curriculum writer and has provided academic content for several subscription databases. Sanders holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in social psychology and a Master's degree in information sciences and technology.