The Violet Barn   

Episcias, violets and collectible houseplants

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Rare, unusual, episcia & houseplants

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  • 100's of collectible varieties that can't be found elsewhere
  • Many are our own award-winning varieties
  • We grow all that we sell (we don't resell)
  • We know, and show, what we grow
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Plants for collector & hobbyist!

We specialize in unusual varieties with superior blooming and growth habit.  You won't find these sold by mass producers! 

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Episcia: every kind imaginable

Often referred to as 'flame violets' or the 'chocolate soldier plant', these gesneriads (African violet relatives) have the family's most beautiful foliage.  All grow quickly and easily.  Since episcias readily produce stolons, they can be grown as hanging basket plants or as easily as potted plants for the table top or windowsill.

Care is the same as for African violets, though extra warmth and humidity are appreciated, making them very suitable for terrarium culture (though this is not required).  Episcias are easily grown under either artificial or natural light.  Most are heavy bloomers when stolon growth is controlled. 

African violets:

Standard violets.  Grow 10-12" or more in diameter.
Miniature violets.  Grow 6" or less in diameter.
Trailing violets.  Spreading plants. As baskets or as ground covers 

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At any given time we have more than 30,000 plants in our barns and glasshouse!
Grown under both artificial and natural light.  All are suitable for the home.

African violet relatives: Gesneriads

Aeschynanthus.  The "lipstick" plant for the bright "lipstick" like blooms.  Cascading or spreading habit.
Alsobia.  Exotic, fringed blooms.  Velvety, deep green, leaves spreads by stolons (runners).
Columnea.
 The 'goldfish' plant. Cascading plants with large, bright, tubular blooms.
Kohleria.  Very heavy bloomers, and maybe the easiest to grow of all gesneriads.
Nematanthus. 
Candy-corn blooms.  Thick, waxy leaves make these tolerant of neglect. 
Primulina (formerly Chirita).  New from China and SE Asia.  Tubular blooms and flat, rosette foliage.
Sinningia.  'Florist gloxinia'.  Spectacular tuberous plants with very showy blooms.  Some are miniature.
Streptocarpus.  'Cape Primrose'.  Wide selection of our own hybrids.  Wonderful houseplants!

Plus many, many more gesneriads!  Including codonanthe and petrocosmea.  We grow hundreds of odd, exotic, plants.  Many are for sale in our online store.

We grow a huge collection of miniature and terrarium plants!

Every plant you need for a terrarium, miniature landscape, or fairy garden.  Our plants are true miniatures, not just cuttings of a large plant that will quickly outgrow your container.  Safe for use in vivariums.  Not harmful to frogs and reptiles.  We only use organic, nontoxic, products when growing these plants.

We also have other plants for the indoor garden

Begonias.  We specialize in small and compact species and varieties for the indoor garden.
Hoya.  'Wax vines'.  Beautiful and indestructible.  Many are fragrant too!

Also, a complete line of growing supplies Soil, pots, fertilizer, and tools.

Need blooming plants for a wedding, party, or special event?  Contact us.  We may be able to send you the plants to make your event special.

We also sell wholesaleView our store or call us for details.