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Thursday, March 31st, 2011
10:09 pm
African Violet Blog
Hey all, check out my African violet blog www.fuzzyfoliage.com
Monday, November 2nd, 2009
10:40 pm
Pics from the NYSAVS convention
What a great time...
Click here for LOTS of African violet eye-candy!

Also, I started a new African violet group on Facebook: African Violet Nerds... C'mon & join!
Wednesday, October 21st, 2009
11:05 pm
2009 NYSAVS Convention/Show THIS WEEKEND in Albany, NY
New York State African Violet Society is having their annual convention/show THIS WEEKEND (Oct. 22nd-24th) at the Clarion Hotel in Albany!!

I think we have a few people who post on here that are in the upstate NY area... Would be awesome to meet up there!

My boyfriend and I will be set up and doing the show photography. We're easy to spot (I'm young, fat, have long blond hair, and my boyfriend is way older than me.)

So PLEASE come say hi if you're there! I LOVE meeting African violet friends from online :-)

For more info, here's the NYSAVS website: www.nysavs.org

Current Mood: ecstatic
Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009
3:34 pm
My AVs (started from leaf last September)
All the waiting and careful tending has paid off! I have around ten plants in standard pots now, four in 2" containers, and three leaves propagating. The first four that flowered came out beautifully... but I gave two away before they reached full potential. Waiting on the rest for flowers!

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Friday, June 26th, 2009
12:41 am
I'm new to Arican Violets love but where is the blue love people?

Is it just me or is it just impossilbe to fine blue african violets anywhere? I've been to nursery after nursery hunting for a miniature in blue and cannot seem to find one anywhere. I think I'm just going to have to give in and buy a baby off Ebay. Does anyone else here suffer from the blue flower love?

Current Mood: amused
Saturday, February 21st, 2009
6:50 pm
January 2009 Pics (Only a Tiny Bit Late..!)
So I am getting almost caught up here! These are all the pics I took last month but didn't post here yet..

Optimara Little Sapphire:

Optimara Little Sapphire (6566) 05/25/1987 (Holtkamp) Single light blue two-tone. Medium green, plain. Miniature

A whooooole lot more pics after the cut...!Collapse )
6:40 pm
More (Older) Pics
Some day I'll finally stop slacking and post my pics here soon after I actually take them :-p

Rob's Cool Fruit (July 2008):

Rob's Cool Fruit (8608) 05/31/1997 (R. Robinson) Double white pansy/rose-pink edge. Crown variegated medium green, white and yellow, pointed, serrated. Semiminiature

Clicketty-click for more pix...!Collapse )
Monday, January 12th, 2009
10:39 am
Some older pics...
These are from April and I slacked off about posting them on here--Oops!

Lyon's Little Sweetheart (April 2008):

Lyon's Little Sweetheart (S. Sorano) Double blue star/white edge. Medium green. Semiminiature

Many more pics after the cut...!Collapse )
Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008
12:14 pm
new to this community
I've just recently bloomed ( no pun intended) my obsession with african violets, i dont know what it is, but there is definitely something about them, that is ADDICTING!  Anyway, I have over 20 as of now, and growing, but I live in a townhome and they dont get enough light. My boyfriend recently brought home 5 24" florescent bulb fixtures and so i went out and bought florescent bulbs. I heard that plants will grow off regular florescent bulbs, but i got a plant/aquarium bulb 20 watt, and a natural sunshine bulb 20 watt.

But I want to know what works for everyone else. I'm such a virgin when it comes to artificial light. Oh biggest question. How far away do the lights need to be from the plants?

Your expertise is much appreciated!

Current Mood: curious
Friday, September 12th, 2008
9:29 am
crown bunching
Hi, new here! Still learning how to take care of these plants.

The first plant I got was in April/May, and it flowered for about two months. These days it looks like this, reaching up:

With the center all tight and bunching, and not much new growth in the last month:

I know it could be a number of things...from needing more fertilizer (I haven't been fertilizing it), to too much/little sunlight; to needing re-potting. The leaves aren't yellowing, and don't appear burnt, just tight at the center, and I don't think it has mites. I filter out the light with the blinds, and this is the only window I have to use, which faces south-east; there is a lot of light all morning (perhaps too much?).

I did buy an African violet mix (miracle grow, w/adjusted pH), which I plan on mixing with perlite to lighten it up, before re-potting. (I read 50% perlite or vermiculite can be good for them) This will fertilize it for awhile too.

Any other tips from fellow enthusiasts?

One more new violet: hereCollapse )

UPDATE: Just re-potted the first plant. Looks like the soil was far too heavy. No perlite/vermiculite, just peat moss and plain soil. Will update if it recovers! The second plant's soil looks very well aerated.
Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008
10:40 am
A Few Pics
Mac's Incredible Infra Red:

Mac's Incredible Infra Red (G.McDonald) Semidouble red pansy. Variegated slightly serrated. Semiminiature

Two more pics after the cut...!Collapse )
Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008
12:43 pm
Some flowers to brighten your day!
Not the best group of pictures, but I thought I would capture what's going on with my African violets lately. Of the 18 plants on the top shelf, all but 5 are blooming right now!

Tray 1: Saintpaulia 'Jake,' 'Rainbow's Quiet Riot,' 'Blue Fiesta,' 'Jean Pierre Croteau'

Tray 2: Saintpaulia 'Ode to Beauty' (not flowering), 'Ma's Lily Pad,' 'Ma's Easter Parade,' 'Ma's Winter Moon,' 'Playful Spectrum'

Tray 3: Saintpaulia 'Cherries N' Cream,' 'Blue Dragon,' 'Rainbow's Quiet Riot (sport),' 'Stargate,' 'Double Lavender'

Tray 4: Saintpaulia 'Double Lavender' (x4, none flowering, not shown)

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Current Mood: cheerful
Tuesday, March 25th, 2008
10:30 pm
Some New Pics :-)
Optimara Little Cheyenne:

Optimara Little Cheyenne (7916) 07/06/1993 (Holtkamp) Semidouble blue and white/blue center. Light green, ovate, glossy, hairy, serrated. Semiminiature.

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Friday, March 21st, 2008
8:42 pm
Update on my AV
Thanks to  all who helped me with my sickly AV. They are doing nicely in their new pots. The bigger one actually has buds. 

Current Mood: excited
Wednesday, March 12th, 2008
11:28 pm

Saintpaulia ionantha Optimara 'Evergrace'

Just felt like sharing. This is one of those fancy African violet "space plants". African violet seeds were launched into space and orbited the Earth for six years. The plants that grew from these seeds were full of neat mutations and were in general bigger, more vigorous, and had neat looking flowers with two or more colors.

Current Mood: calm
Sunday, March 9th, 2008
6:16 pm
Would it be rude to invite people....?
I'm wondering if it's ok to post a link to a (non-LJ) African Violet forum here.

If it's ok, I'll post it

I'm very proud of this forum in particular, because it's not only a wonderful group of people, with great sections for posting questions, advice/tips, PICTRURES, experiences with vendors (good AND bad!) and off-topic area, as well as a chat room (we meet every night Sun-Thurs for chats at 9pm Eastern time)... but I also work "behind the scenes" on it as far as the tech stuff goes. ;-)


If/when you sign up, PLEASE post a comment here (or email me) to tell me what username you sign up with--we have had some trouble lately battling spammers, so we don't wanna accidentally delete you in the validating proccess! Also, letting me know your username will ensure quicker approval of yer membership--usually within just a few hours, or a day at the most. (Also, you will be able to lurk & read while still waiting for validation, then you can post once approved. :-))
Sunday, March 2nd, 2008
2:24 pm
I've repotted my little african violets. I put the main one back into the same pot with refreshed soil. I set that one into a pretty ceramic planter. I potted up the sucker into a smaller pot.

I had bought two planters but the little one is a bit too short to fit in it. 

Hopefully they will do well. Thanks for all of your suggestions. I'll keep you posted and post a picture when the big one blooms again. Hopefully the little one will follow suit. It's about a year old now.  :)
Friday, February 29th, 2008
10:10 pm
Question about watering
  I'm not having really good luck with my african violet. I know they should be watered from the bottom up and that they don't like wet feet  but I'm not sure how much water I should be giving it.

When I water it as I think is correct the leaves get all yellowed like in this picture. Is it preferable to let it dry out before watering? Somehow it seems my plant likes that better. Do those self watering planters really work or is there a greater chance of over watering if I get one of those? Also, this plant has a baby shoot which started last year. Is it best to separate it or can I leave it in the same pot? Thanks for any helpful advise. 


Here is another picture

Current Mood: curious
Friday, February 22nd, 2008
1:39 pm
New A/V pr0n, as promised ;-)
While at the show yesterday, we met Nancy Hayes (I found out afterward that she's like, "a big deal" in the African Violet world!)

Apparently she heard a rumor I love minis, and she presented me this beautiful little pink miniature noID.
I almost cried--it was just so sweet and kind of her:

Also, I bought 7 new lovelies from Violet Barn, 5 of which were blooming and pic-worthy. More eye candy behind the cut...!Collapse )
Thursday, February 21st, 2008
7:55 pm
Looky who I saw today...

I feel like the luckiest girl alive today... I got to leave my apartment here in Portland, Maine and get whisked all the way down to Hartford, Connecticut for the Hartford Flower Show to shop from the Violet Barn booth. Like, WOW!

I got some BEAUTIFUL new A/Vs, so I have some extremely good "violet pr0n" pics that I will post either tonight or tomorrow. :-)
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