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Strange African Violet growth

Strange African Violet growth
Posted by Ber from Snowy VT on 2001-03-22 10:22:37

Hi there,

I admit it...I'm not the most attentive
indoor gardener. I haven't fertilized my
African violets in months, though
repotted them in the fall and have
watered them regularly. They are under
grow lights.

Over the last couple of months, a couple
of them (in need of division, I believe)
have produced small, hard, tight
rosettes of growth. It reminds me of the
kind of growth produced when a plant has
a virus. Is this normal? Is it just a
signal to me that these babies really
need to be divided?

Also, I understand that A.violets need
pretty strong fertilizer to keep
blooming. Can anyone recommend an
organic formulation strong enough to
keep them blooming?

My plants thank you for any help and
inspriation you can provide.
Ber
  • African violets
    Posted by pollyanne from IA on 2001-04-05 17:31:42

    Try the optimara website (optimara.com) for a lot of information on African violets. They are a commercial supplier of African violets and supplies. I use their fertilizer. For a more "natural" fertilizer, try Houseplants Alive! from Gardens Alive! (gardensalive.com).
  • African violets
    Posted by Will Creed from NYC on 2001-03-23 17:28:56

    Do the "small, hard, tight rosettes of
    growth" emerge from the base of the
    plant? If so, they are offsets or baby
    plants that can be severed and put into
    their own pots.

    AV's do require fertile soil, but don't
    overdo the fertilizer. Freshly repotted
    plants usually have more than enough
    nutrients for a year or more, unless
    the potting mix is a peat-based
    soilless mix.

  • A.V.'s
    Posted by Carole from NY on 2001-03-22 23:58:01

    The only thing I do for my African
    Violet is keep the soil moist, and
    every time I water all my plants I use
    a little miracle gro in the water. I
    also use kinda luke warm water. My AV
    is now blooming again for the first
    time this year. Last year when I first
    got it it was blooming like crazy and
    by the looks of the way its going now
    it will bloom once again like crazy!!
    Dont know if this help but I thought I
    would share any ways!
    Carole



    Quoting Ber: ------------
    -Hi there,

    -I admit it...I'm not the most
    attentive
    -indoor gardener. I haven't fertilized
    my
    -African violets in months, though
    -repotted them in the fall and have
    -watered them regularly. They are under
    -grow lights.

    -Over the last couple of months, a
    couple
    -of them (in need of division, I
    believe)
    -have produced small, hard, tight
    -rosettes of growth. It reminds me of
    the
    -kind of growth produced when a plant
    has
    -a virus. Is this normal? Is it just a
    -signal to me that these babies really
    -need to be divided?

    -Also, I understand that A.violets need
    -pretty strong fertilizer to keep
    -blooming. Can anyone recommend an
    -organic formulation strong enough to
    -keep them blooming?

    -My plants thank you for any help and
    -inspriation you can provide.
    -Ber
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