Puzzling Episcia collapse

korina(9b, Sunset 17)May 23, 2006

My little E. Silver Emblem was doing fine for a long time, when a couple of weeks ago I noticed one of its three stolons was all dried up and only three plantlets were still alive (currently rooting). I figured I must've broken it when I moved the plant. Yesterday I look closely and see that the two remaining stolons, loaded with plantlets, were in bad condition, about to dry up. Also, the main plant had limp leaves at the bottom, even though the soil was still moist (big clue). Later in the day I saw the limp leaves were creeping up the stems, so I took it apart. I now have close to a dozen plantlets rooting and the main plant in four pieces on my desk (after soaking overnight).

Did I let it get dry too often? Do Episcias do well wicked? Do they just do this sometimes??

It's my only Episcia, so my ignorance is vast. Help?

Korina, soon to have *lots* of trades

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irina_co(z5 CO)

Korina - hello,

It is most possibly the botrytis. I lost several episcias recently. It starts with brown ends of the stems and stolons. Whatever is still alive - you need to dip/spray with a fungicide that has botrytis on the list - and try to reroot it.

Good luck


    Bookmark   May 23, 2006 at 3:14PM
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Motezuma(z5 WV)

Korina, I hate to hear that. I am just starting now with a couple of episcias and I'm nervous about them. I'll trade with you if you want.

Good luck with all your babies. Let us know how it turns out.

-Mo (WV)

    Bookmark   May 23, 2006 at 9:22PM
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greenelbows1(z9--so LA)

About wicking episcias--I've kept episcias on various kinds of wicking systems for more years than I care to think about, and they do very well that way (usually!) I wonder if botrytis might be what happened to a few I've lost on occasion. In our hot steamy summers I put them outside, often in coir-lined hanging baskets, and they do very well without wicking. But they do need to be watered fairly consistently, which is why I wick them--consistency is not my middle name!

    Bookmark   May 23, 2006 at 9:35PM
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korina(9b, Sunset 17)

Thanks, all. If it was botrytis it must've hit just the roots, because everything looked and smelled healthy. The roots looked possibly iffy, but the stems looked fine. I'll wick the little tyke(s) when it/they root.


    Bookmark   May 24, 2006 at 2:54PM
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