Alsobia dianthiflora (Episcia dianthiflora)

Lace flower vine

Alsobia dianthiflora (Episcia dianthiflora)

Lace flower vine

  • Flat ground cover from Central America
  • Velvety green foliage
  • White fringed flowers
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Description

Alsobia dianthiflora, formerly Episcia dianthiflora, is a flat ground cover from Mexico, Guatemala and Costa Rica. The small runner-forming species belongs to the Gesneriad family and prefers tropical and subtropical terrariums. The fleshy and hairy leaves form a velvety green carpet. The plant can also be grown hanging. Its white flowers have fringed edges and the A. dianthiflora likes to hide them under its beautiful foliage.

Alsobia dianthiflora prefers to be grown in moderately moist, humus-rich soil. Watering should be done with soft water, e.g. rainwater. Waterlogging should be avoided at all costs. For optimal conditions, high humidity, combined with good air circulation, is necessary. Propagation is achieved by cutting off rooted runners or head cuttings.

 

Alsobia dianthiflora is a beautiful ground cover, ideal for rainforest terrariums. It forms dense, fluffy cushions, but the plant also looks beautiful on walls in small terraces with its rich green colouring.

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Alsobia dianthiflora
Cultivation options Humus substrate, preferably a mixture of one part peat growing medium and one part perlite.
Growth height Up to 50 cm
Temperature approx. 20 - 25 °C
Humidity At least 60 % with sufficient circulation
Light requirement Bright to semi-shady
Watering Soft, low-lime water; keep soil moist; avoid waterlogging
Fertilising During the growing season, June to September, every 2 weeks with the irrigation water.
Propagation Separation of rooted cuttings or head cuttings
Cultivation options
Humus substrate, preferably a mixture of one part peat growing medium and one part perlite.
Growth height
up to approx. 10 cm
Temperature
approx. 20 - 25 °C
Humidity
At least 60 % with sufficient circulation
Light requirement
Bright to semi-shady, no direct sunlight
Watering
Soft, low-lime water; keep soil moist; avoid waterlogging
Fertilising
During the growing season, June to September, every 2 weeks with the irrigation water.
Propagation
Separation of rooted cuttings or head cuttings
Suitable for
Rainforest terrariums

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