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Maja
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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2007 2:40 pm    Post subject: African violets Reply with quote

I'll be honest- I was never a real African violets fan but I do enjoy propagating plants from seed and leaf cuttings and it was quite interesting to propagate A.violets since you get a new plant very son after planting a leaf. And, step by step, I became an addict. Smile
Thanks to my friend, a real passionate AV grower who sent me leafs and offsets of some very unusual variates (I think she's somewhere here on Plants World- anyway: Thanx, Peach! Smile ), now I've got one handsome collection myself . Smile For most of them, this is the first flowering season and they're doing really fine. She never told me what colors I could expect so, as you can imagine, I'm having lots of fun each time one of the plants starts producing a bud guessing what color I'll see in the morning when the flower opens.

You can see some of my A.violets in my GALLERY
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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2007 12:04 pm    Post subject: Re: African violets Reply with quote

I looked through your AV album & your plants are very nice, Maja! Once you get bit by a plant bug, there's no turning back. You should ask your friend if she has any trailing African violets. I like tham very much but have never seen any offered for sale here.

I really should get back to growing some too. Mine never do well for long thanks to my 2 cats. Inevitably, the poor plants will get knocked off where they are, get broken leaves, spilt dirt, & start looking pathetic. If my cats don't knock them off (by accident, not on purpose), they want to sit on the windowsills next to the plants & the little furry leaves became very furry.

When we fix up our place (which really needs it & we finally have some cash to do so), I want to have a glass shelf built across one of my big windows, out of reach of my kitties, just for African violets. Until then, its futile to try growing them.

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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2007 2:55 am    Post subject: Re: African violets Reply with quote

Isomorphix wrote:
I looked through your AV album & your plants are very nice, Maja! Once you get bit by a plant bug, there's no turning back. You should ask your friend if she has any trailing African violets .

I'm glad you like them, Iso! Smile
And, as for the trailing ones- it is impossible to find them in nurseries and garden centers. The only way to buy either a plant or a leaf cutting is to find a grower willing to sell it. I'm pretty sure my friend hasn't got any but I do have another friend who owns a few variates. A year ago, he found Optimara home page -a very large african violets grower from USA who sends leaf cuttings overseas. The cuttings were in a very good shape when he got them in spite of traveling for almost 15 days and now they have started producing their first flowers. I'll have no trouble at all stealing some of those! Mr. Green Hopefully, he'll start selling them soon!


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If my cats don't knock them off (by accident, not on purpose), they want to sit on the windowsills next to the plants & the little furry leaves became very furry.

I've noticed the young leaves on my variegated A.violet (green&white one) look a lot like cats ears. Maybe I wasn't the only one to notice that! Mr. Green
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2007 4:46 pm    Post subject: Re: African violets Reply with quote

Your African Violets look very happy. You must be able to give them the perfect light, they are perfectly shaped. Thanks for sharing your pictures!

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2007 8:47 pm    Post subject: Re: African violets Reply with quote

I was looking longingly at some African violets I saw with the nicest colours & variation in the flower petals. But I resisted & didn't buy any since I can't give them a protected place. When my place is re-done (nothing fancy but needs repair), I'll make a special glass plant shelf along one window, half way up the glass where my 2 cats can't get at so I can display them to their best vantage. I went back & took another look at your AVs, Maja & they're SO nice!

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 17, 2007 8:12 am    Post subject: Re: African violets Reply with quote

Your African Violets are beautiful. I am an African Violet newbie and have put down the first and only 3 leaves I own. I am keeping my fingers crossed that they make it.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 04, 2007 11:05 am    Post subject: Re: African violets Reply with quote

Dear Maja, your violets are so beautiful as you are.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2007 8:27 am    Post subject: Re: African violets Reply with quote

I agree with Sladolez, Maja, your violets are beautiful. And, Indeed, "What is life if not a music?" Sladolez. What a lovely, profound sentiment.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 06, 2008 10:55 am    Post subject: Re: African violets Reply with quote

African Violets are so beautiful. My Mom was an AV lover and fanatic, she went through so much trouble when I was moving into my first apartment to bring leaves to pot me three different AV's. Sadly I didn't take care of them and I regret it now because I can't seem to find one anywhere!

Why are they so hard to find?
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 11, 2010 10:33 pm    Post subject: Re: African violets Reply with quote

I have had an AV now for years that my mom gave me. However I have not been able to get it to re bloom since she gave it to me. When she gave it to me it had purple flowers on it and that is the last I have seen of them.......What can I do????? Confused
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 16, 2010 6:03 pm    Post subject: Re: African violets Reply with quote

csturgill wrote:
I have had an AV now for years that my mom gave me. However I have not been able to get it to re bloom since she gave it to me. When she gave it to me it had purple flowers on it and that is the last I have seen of them.......What can I do????? Confused

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Do you tried with some fertilizer?
Where is you holding them? Are they looks healthy ?

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 31, 2010 6:50 pm    Post subject: Re: African violets Reply with quote

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