These days are warmer than last December in Taiwan, warm enough to remind me to write something about Pink Episcia in Singapore. As we all know the families of Pink Episcia feature the delicate color of foliage which is second to none in Gesneriads. But on the other hand, they must be handled with care because their foliage is sensitive to the changes of humidity or temperature. Many growers use container to please them and keep stable growing condition all year around.
I had a chance to visit a grower in Singapore and his Pink Episcias are raised in both air-conditioned greenhouse and outdoor garden. OK, the plant in air-conditioned greenhouse thrives with no doubt, but the plant in the outdoor garden looked fine as well. Although I can tell the two are different varieties, but I was still surprised the outdoor one can tolerate the tropical weather in Singapore ... nevertheless they still can't resist the attack of insect. :)
|in air-conditioned house|
|the outdoor one|
Well ... they are late actually if comparing with other growers I guess it's because my late planting experiment. Further, this winter is warmer than last year, the Smithiantha can grow longer time before the growth ends. Although just a few plants give the flowers but the foliage can be appreciated all the time.
|the biggest and smallest Smithiantha hybrids of my own so far|