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Old 08-22-2013, 11:49 PM
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Surprisingly successful at African Violets


So last year my Dad bought me my first African violet and it not only survived Winter but thrived beautifully. I fell in love with it when I saw it's flowers, which were white with a pink border and sparkly look.

In April I started some leaves but I didn't expect them or my AV to survive while on my Honeymoon. I didn't ask my family to water while we were gone because I figured no water would be better than over watering.

So, expecting to come home to dead plants I picked up a couple on our honeymoon in May: The first was purple and white, loaded with blooms. The other a flowerless NOID that was huge. The store owner had no clue what color the blooms were but as soon as I got home it bloomed a lovely purple, I believe the typical purple one associates the word African Violet with.

Of course, when I returned I had lost 1/2 of the leaves but the rest of them and my original AV bounced back within the week.

Now I have a dozen plantlets that I've received from a wonderful gal and dozens of leaves started. They are trailing, mini and regular.

I'm hoping to obtain more and relatives of the AV.
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Old 08-23-2013, 06:16 AM
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That's terrific, great success with those. They are beautiful flowers.
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Old 09-22-2013, 06:18 PM
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Other Gesneriaceae


My latest interest has been Petrocosmeas they are soooo neat looking and they have yellow and white flowers which are my absolute favorite.

Also another one that intrigues me is Gloxinia perennis.
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Old 09-23-2013, 12:20 AM
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LOVE African violets! It's so exciting when those little plantlets sprout up from a leaf cutting, very satisfying! All of the stores that sell them around here don't have names on the varieties, but it's still hard to resist a counter of AVs in full bloom!
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Old 09-23-2013, 06:01 AM
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I have 8 African violets and they bloom all the time. I have been looking for variegated leaf ones but never see those sold locally. I had never heard of Petrocosmeas until danato mentioned it. Thanks, danato!I googled it and they are really pretty. I'd love to get one of these. Here is the link where I saw them. http://lyndonlyon.com/store/index.ph...loads=0&page=1

I also saw some beautiful African violets at this site!
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Old 09-23-2013, 07:59 AM
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Thanks for the link cfiegel! I had not heard of these either, they are very pretty. Love the pics from the top showing all the rows of leaves and the flowers are gorgeous.
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Old 09-24-2013, 09:49 AM
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And so the obsession begins.
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Old 09-24-2013, 10:37 AM
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No, danato, unfortunately the obsession wih anything in the plant kingdom continues! �� i loooooooooove plants! (....except the ones with spines!)
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Old 09-24-2013, 11:01 AM
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What a fantastic story about your AV survival and the continual additions to your collection. I also love AVs.
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Old 09-24-2013, 02:41 PM
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So funny this thread came up now, the AV leaf I was experimenting with in a forsythe pot has just started to send up a plantlet! Wasn't sure it would work, but have had so much success with other cuttings in the forsythe pot, I wanted to try it.
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Old 09-24-2013, 05:09 PM
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Okay, I just learned something new. I had no idea what a forsyth pot was so I did a little research and found a great site that explains it very well. So in case anybody else was in my predicament here it is. I'm going to try it. Thanks, Sheriee0001 and thanks anisehyssop for sharing your story! http://www.extension.umn.edu/distrib...nts/DG4419.pdf
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Old 09-24-2013, 05:18 PM
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Also, for those interested : Zuzu's petals posted a great tutorial for these here on PlantSwap. Look for the thread called - Propagating cuttings using Forsythe pots - you'll also find discussion of the subject there.
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Old 09-24-2013, 05:54 PM
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Ok, thanks! Sherie0001!
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Old 09-24-2013, 06:12 PM
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You're welcome cfiegel. Sorry everyone, didn't mean to hijack the thread, back to AVs!
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Hi. Can any of you wonderful people tell me where I might find a few a v leaves or babies? Anyone have to part with I would gladly pay postage. If so please let me know. Thanks and God bless! Jessie
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