follow up AVs plantstand

mbjosJuly 15, 2007


First thank you to all who answer my questions. Just to let you know toss some of the sickest looking Av's, but kept some.

Ordered some new plants and leaves. Never ordered leaves before and I would like some asvise on how to grow. Some are expensive leaves[Russian] and I'm starting to panic! Also what are episcia? Are they grown just like violets? Found a bookshelf at an estate sale[50x49] what kind of lights can I

use? Shop lites to wide.

Thanks again in advance, Mary Beth

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Hi Mary Beth,
Glad to see you found some shelving to suit your needs. Now you need to get a couple shop lites for them. Years ago I bought shop lites at Home Depot and Sears. They were 48 inch with two bulbs. Only problem with them was the bulbs were too close together. If your shelves are 49 inches wide you will need two per shelf. Just make sure you get fixtures that take 48" bulbs. Smaller bulbs are more expeive.
An episcia is a gesneriad plant. We often say it is a cousin to the violet. Most of thme have beautiful foliage but their bloom is minor.
I start leaves in my soil mix of 1 part peat, 1 part coarse vermiculite and one part coarse perlite. I cut the stem of the leaf on an angle with the cut facing front and insert it into dampened soil mix. If you email me I can send you a sheet that I distribute when I speak to groups.
I have included a link just for you to see what I mean about shop lights.
Fred in NJ

Here is a link that might be useful: hardware store

    Bookmark   July 15, 2007 at 4:45PM
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Fred, Thanks for the info.

Thanks for the info,but shop lights are to big depth wise. shelves are 49in long and 10in deep. Can I use under the counter lights instead?
Thanks,Mary Beth

    Bookmark   July 15, 2007 at 9:10PM
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korina(9b, Sunset 17)

Mary Beth, one shop light per shelf should be perfect. Be aware though, that if your shelving unit has a back, you will need extra-good air circulation to prevent powdery mildew.

Episcias like a bit more light, more moisture, and more humidity than AVs.

Good luck and have fun!

~embrace the confusion~

    Bookmark   July 16, 2007 at 12:48PM
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