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RE: tight crowns or lights too close? (Follow-Up #11)

posted by: jane_in_bristol on 07.02.2010 at 10:59 am in African Violets Forum

Hmmm,

Pickling Lime is also known as slaked lime, or calcium hydroxide. Its a way to introduce calcium, which plants need, and reduce acidity at the same time.

I add a pinch of pulverized dolomitic lime (from the natural stone source) in my terrarium mixes for begonias - it counteracts the acidification that tends to happen with long strand sphagnum peat in a closed environment. I actually got it from Cedar Creek Violets.

Garden Lime (like the type used by the pound on lawns) can have traces of other things in it, including lead, so this is really clever - I would think that using human food-grade pickling lime, you can make sure you're getting a very pure form of the calcium hydroxide; CaOH. And, you can buy it in smaller amounts (rather than the 50 lb bags meant for lawns).

Interesting - I hadn't thought of pickling lime as an easy-to-find source of very pure calcium hydroxide. What a great tip!

-Jane

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RE: tight crowns or lights too close? (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: travisviolets on 06.04.2010 at 08:09 pm in African Violets Forum

Look Guys I grow tens of thousands of violets and been growing for over 35 years. I do not confess to know it all.I have Seen it all and done it all. Tight centers of plants can be PH, Lights,Cold and bugs. If its bugs it will be more than tight centers. If you have mites it will be a different look than the tight centers. Avid will take care of the mites and your thrip problems.

The lime will raise the ph and the plant will loosen up.

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RE: Tight New Growth Crowns , And........ (Follow-Up #14)

posted by: cdp_716 on 02.28.2007 at 10:25 am in African Violets Forum

Are you sure it has been discontinued? I looked on the Fertilome site and the product is still listed. (See the link below: go to systemic insecticide). I bought mine at a local nursery several years ago. I've been growing AVs for at least 30 years, so I've had every pest and almost every environmental situation there is. Since I went to the systemic about 10 years ago, I haven't had pest issues, meaning that any problem is environmental. It helps a lot.

If you have mites already, you will likely have to destroy the plant or maybe all of your plants. They spread rapidly and will infest your whole collection. If you want to save those that are not that infested, you will have to bring out the big guns to get rid of the mites. This means chemicals and spraying all of your plants several times, weeks apart. Even then, you may not save them, or if they make it, they may not look like they should. It will take a long time to get them back. Once you have things back under control, you can use the systemic to prevent any other infestations. Prevention is much easier than dealing with big problems.

As far as using MiteX you probably could, however, by the time you see mites and realize you have them, they are destroying the crown of your plant. That creates all kinds of problems, making it difficult to bring the plant back so that it looks like anything. If Fertilome has discontinued the product it still may be around on some nursery shelves. It would be worth looking. If not, I will be looking for other systemic brands with the active ingredient for mites.

Carla in Texas

Here is a link that might be useful: fertilome list of products

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RE: Your Favorite Hybridizer? (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: Jon_D on 10.03.2005 at 03:04 pm in African Violets Forum

Here is one that isn't often mentioned--the late Ted Khoe. In the 80's he made some great mini trailers, which are among my favorite AV's Every one I have grown was wonderful, but there are only a few--'Wood Trails' and 'Tiny Wood Trails' are his best known. But, his 'Always Pink' is a fantastic little bell shaped trailer. I haven't had one in years but I believe it is still cultivated by a few people. I wish this one would become popular again. He also made some other great trailers, named after cities in the San Francisco Bay area such as 'Saratoga Trails', 'Redwood Trails' etc. All are worth searching out. At least being so small, they don't take up much room. Ted was also a member of our two local gesneriad society chapters. He was a great grower who often won best in show with both violets and other gesneriads. Right now I don't have any of his minis :(.

Jon

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Search for vintage Eyerdom/Granger Gardens varieties

posted by: Nashuan on 10.29.2012 at 11:29 am in African Violets Forum

I would love to trade leaves/starters with anyone who has different Eyerdom varieties. Send me a private message through this board or contact me at: blackie2600@AOL.com.

KEY: * Rooting leaf, or struggling plant
** Hasn't bloomed yet; I can't guarantee that it will bloom true. I will update this listing as time goes by.

Here's the list of the 65 Eyerdom/Granger Gardens varieties that I have so far managed to collect:

Arcturus **
Blue Lace **
Blue Silverado **
Candy Cane *
Chanticleer *
Coralette *
Crimson Frost *
Cristabel *
Emiko *
Emilie Savage *
Elegance *
Evening Shade *
Fantasy Fringe *
Fantasy Sparkle
Firebird I
Firebird II
Firehouse *
Garnet Elf *
Granger Gardens' Green Eyes *
Granger's Blue Sparkler *
" Cameo Queen *
" Carnival
" Desert Dawn
" Elektra *
" Fantasy Lace
" Heart's Desire
" Mexicali Rose
" Peach Frost
" Sugar Frost
" Sylvan Blue
" Twilight Halo *
" Wonderland *
Interlude *

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RE: buying (Follow-Up #13)

posted by: aegis500 on 02.26.2014 at 06:11 am in African Violets Forum

I have had happy results purchasing AV's from ...

Lyndon Lyon (nice healthy starter plants that are quick to bloom)
Jack's Violets - ebay (nice healthy starter plants)
Blooming Jungle (nice healthy starter plants)
BloomLovers (healthy plugs and leaves)
PJ's Violets - ebay (healthy mature plants)
Fancy Bloomers (healthy plants - 3 different sizes)

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RE: Best sturdy bloomers (Follow-Up #26)

posted by: cookie_grow on 02.13.2014 at 10:22 am in African Violets Forum

I would recommend Senks Neverland Dreams, Redoubled, Morgans Declan Duff, Ness Sno Fun, Ness Puppy Dreams and Sugar Crystals.

Cooks.

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