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RE: Identifying an African Violet (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: snappyguy on 01.07.2015 at 12:13 pm in African Violets Forum

Unless the plant came with a label from Optimara on it, you can't identify the hybrid. There are over 10,000 registered hybrids, and estimates range between 3-4 times that many unregistered hybrids. With at least 40,000 hybrids in existence, and pink being one of the first colors other than purple to appear, it simply can't be ID'd. Enjoy the plant for what it is, but don't worry about a name. In reality, names are only needed if you plan to show it in an AVSA show anyway.



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RE: Favorite rose books ? (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: rosefolly on 12.04.2014 at 01:14 pm in Antique Roses Forum

Over the years I have built up a library of rose books to the point of starting to give away some of the more basic ones I started with in the early days. That is pretty much how I react to any new interest, build a reference library. Learn to knit: knitting books and books on sheep breeds and wools. Learn to sew: books on sewing technique and history of fashion and fabrics. Remodel the house: books on architectural styles and historic tiles and interior design. Probably none of you could guess what I trained for as a profession.

Anyway, I have too many favorite rose books to make a manageable list but I'm not going to let that stop me. For starters, I would like to second Liz Druitt's book. It is exceptional. She's a nice person, too. I've never met her but when my dog died she sent me the most moving note on FB. I still tear up when I remember it.

For pure eye candy I recommend Visions of Roses by Peter Beales as being very inspirational. Beautiful American Rose Gardens by Mary Tonetti Dorra is a similar book with the added bonus for Americans that it showcases gardens grown in climates familiar to us. You will get great ideas from both of these.

Damask55Linen, you mentioned enjoying a book on the origin of rose names. Several came out all at the same period. If you'd like to read more you could try Naming the Rose by Roger Mann and A Rose By Any Name by Stephen Scanniello. Roger Mann was a regular poster the Antique Roses Forum back in the early days until Spike threw him off in a fit of pique. Stephen still posts from time to time, so these books are in a sense visits with old friends. It is at least like reading a book written by someone from your old hometown; they know the same "streets" you know. Stephen Scanniello also wrote Climbing Roses which fed my love of climbers. Today climbers are among my favorites.

If a gardener grows roses in a warm climate with mild winters, he owes himself a copy of Tea Roses: Old Roses for Warm Climates written by six Australian rose historians and gardeners who visited the US while doing their research. However if you garden in a climate with a severe winter, you might try Hardy Roses by Robert Osborne (lots more roses in the revised edition) or even Growing Roses Organically by Barbara Wilde. That last book covers similar concerns as Liz Druitt's book does, only for areas that get much colder so the selection of roses is different.

And while I cannot help but think of this one and that one I really should mention, I'll end with In Search of Lost Roses by Thomas Christopher. This wonderfully readable book describes the adventure of rediscovering lost roses better than any other I have read.

Have at it!



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RE: Vitamin C (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: petrushka on 10.20.2014 at 01:32 pm in African Violets Forum

you can get 'sour salt' in the spices section (not everywhere though) - it is ascorbic acid in powder form. it's similar to fine table salt in appearance.
so this converter should help. 1gram=1000milligram=15.43 grains of salt. they don't say how fine/large are grains though...
let's say roughly it's for 45 gallons for convenience of calculation. so it'll be 1 grain for 3 gallons of water.
that seems very very little...
if you have a precision kitchen scale, perhaps you can also weigh 1gram of salt and then measure it.

Here is a link that might be useful: salt milligrams conversions


salt conversion
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RE: Inspiring Orchids (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: AnnieDeighnaugh on 04.02.2014 at 08:49 pm in Home Decorating & Design Forum


Decorating orchid colirs
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Inspiring Orchids

posted by: AnnieDeighnaugh on 04.02.2014 at 08:14 pm in Home Decorating & Design Forum

DH and I went to the Orchid Show today. How fabulous! I love orchids and am always amazed at the sizes, shapes, colors, varieties...they are the most incredible flowers ever.

But why is it, I see an orchid and I think about rooms?


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RE: hows my violet doing? cracked leaves, dried blooms, suckers? (Follow-Up #10)

posted by: whitelacey on 04.28.2014 at 01:17 pm in African Violets Forum


I think separating suckers is the one aspect of growing that is most difficult to figure out but, once you learn, you will be able to do it in your sleep.

The sucker has grown out between two leaves from the neck.
Carefully separate these two leaves and you should see a complete plant with its own crown and whirl of leaves. It will be attached to the neck. Separate it from the neck at this point trying to get all the leaves that belong to this sucker. If you don't manage to get all of the leaves, don't worry about it. I use a small knife for a clean break.

You will have to play around for a bit until you get the knack but we've all been there. Sometimes the suckers come out whole, sometimes the leaves are so inter-twined with the mother plant that you can't get them all and sometimes the sucker just shatters into useless pieces. It's all part of the fun.

Your sucker will probably be rootless. Sink it a bit so the crown is under the soil. Water well and place into a plastic baggie, closed tight. No holes! Place in bright light, no sun. If the baggie gets drippy, vent for a bit otherwise keep it closed. In about two weeks or so, give the plant a gentle tug on one of the leaves. If there is resistance, it has rooted. Gradually open the bag to acclimate it to the environment and then return it to a growing spot after a week or so. If it has not rooted, close the bag and wait a bit longer.

Most of us make our own mix-one equal part each of peat, vermiculite and perlite. If you are only growing a few, you can use potting soil with an equal amount of perlite. You want a light mix. Think 'fluffy'. Commercial soil usually has fertilizer in it so go easy on it (the fert.) for a while. I would also re-pot your mother plant when it has finished blooming. Most mix that violets come in is c**p. Not a bigger pot. You are just refreshing the soil.

Yes, your violet will grow and bloom just like your other one. This is how a great many violets are propagated-through asexual reproduction. This plant will be a clone of the mother-an exact copy. Unless it sports-but that's another topic for another day :)



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Re: Suckers and Sucker removal with pictures

posted by: cookie_grow on 04.28.2014 at 10:04 am in African Violets Forum

Found this article, thought it was interesting. May be useful for those who are new to african violet suckers and sucker removal from plants.


Here is a link that might be useful: Suckers Sucker Removal

This post was edited by cookie_grow on Mon, Apr 28, 14 at 10:05


sucker growth
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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


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!



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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


Crowns omsdcticide
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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 :(.



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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:

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 *


Eyerdom granger
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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.



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