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Dog Lover
Leda
Jan 21, 2014 7:58 PM CST
Help, as I previously mentioned I started out last year wanting to buy a couple African Violets. I stay at home a lot so I bought them off of eBay. Shipping was prohibitive but I soon discovered they "bundled" plants for nothing or $1 more each depending on the vendor. I don't know what got into me but I ended up with more than I intended by a vast difference.

I thought well I would sell them on eBay this spring, but I had a LOT to learn. Unfortunately tags and names got jumbled and I have a lot more un-named babies than I know what to deal with. (I won't even get into that.) On top of that a friend gave me a couple (one extremely prolific) and another friend told me about vast markdowns at our supermarket. These actually were far prettier than eBay's but there was no variety name given to any of them.

Now I have babies upon babies and I want some of my shelf room cleared by next summer. I know you guys would go to an "African Violet and other Houseplants" garage sale but how many others would? Aye-aye-aye! Any ideas, anyone?

Thanks,
Leda
Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
Wrightstown, New Jersey (Zone 6b)

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JB
Apr 1, 2014 9:40 AM CST
Hi @Leda,
If I already showed you these please forgive me. They are blooming again or I should say "still" and I have separated them and cleaned them up a bit and they are still going strong. My Rob's Sticky Wicket leaves are showing some signs of new growth. Hurray! Hurray! I only have 6 AVs.

'Rob's Sticky Wicket'
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Pixie Runabout Sport'
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I have noid pink babies I am selling on eBay. They are so adorable.


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Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Apr 1, 2014 9:42 AM CST
Are they blooming, Leda?
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller
Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
Wrightstown, New Jersey (Zone 6b)

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: United States of America Region: New Jersey Cactus and Succulents Tropicals
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JB
Apr 1, 2014 10:34 AM CST
Yes and I am so happy because I have never done AVs before I did these. A few of the girls told me how to do it and I did and I am thrilled. I sold two of them already and I still have a few others. They are from a real old hand me down pink Noid AV.
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Dog Lover
Leda
Apr 1, 2014 12:54 PM CST
Tee @SongofJoy,

I always have some blooming. Many are still trying to root. Oh goodness, me!

Tee, I have goofed up the plants so badly. I was not in a sane last year, maybe "temporary insanity." I needed to distract myself from a bad life changing event. I did not know the consequences of too much fertilizer until the leaves turned hard and brittle. Then I had to do research and discovered the fertilizer was the problem. Many have recovered, but some have not. One looks like a nuclear disaster but blooms well.

So, I still enjoy them and will have to figure out what to do with them as they grow. I have 14 shelves and many are growing well now.

I hope that answers your question.


Dog Lover
Leda
Apr 1, 2014 12:57 PM CST
Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!

Nice JB! Very pretty....hmmm, wonder if I can squeeze one more in. LOL
Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
Wrightstown, New Jersey (Zone 6b)

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: United States of America Region: New Jersey Cactus and Succulents Tropicals
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JB
Apr 4, 2014 12:10 PM CST
Here is the first bloom on this little gem. It is called Pink Feathers. It was given to me and I think it is a miniature. Not sure. Need to ask when I see the lady who gave it to me again.


Here is my one and only Chimera AV. It thought it was going to die, but I just kept hoping and here it is, blooming again. Whew...that was a close one. Thumbs up

Psychedelic Show
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Dog Lover
Leda
Apr 4, 2014 12:19 PM CST
Gorgeous!

Dog Lover
Leda
Apr 4, 2014 3:04 PM CST
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Just feel inspired to share some of my AVs. Almost all of mine are Noids. With Fibromyalgia my brain forgets to do some things like transfer stakes or move tape, you get the idea.

The first one is Morgan's Festival, I won't go into how I remember it....

Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Apr 4, 2014 3:05 PM CST
Sweet doilies, too.
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller

Dog Lover
Leda
Apr 4, 2014 3:07 PM CST
Tee, I bought a set of three at a Big Lots or Dollar Store. Now I can only find one. I think most people like the doilies better than the plants.... Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Christine
Saugerties, NY zone 5a
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Christine
Apr 4, 2014 3:27 PM CST
JB & Leda I love your AV's my favorites are the multi colored. Have you seen the new one from Optimara that is white & lime green, I believe it will be available in May, I'll be looking for that one.
Leda I like the doilies also Hilarious!
Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
Wrightstown, New Jersey (Zone 6b)

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: United States of America Region: New Jersey Cactus and Succulents Tropicals
Container Gardener Hummingbirder Farmer Keeps Horses Dog Lover Birds
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JB
Apr 4, 2014 3:43 PM CST
Christine said:JB & Leda I love your AV's my favorites are the multi colored. Have you seen the new one from Optimara that is white & lime green, I believe it will be available in May, I'll be looking for that one.
Leda I like the doilies also Hilarious!



That Optimara sounds spectacular. Want Want Want..........I have no room but I still want. Rolling on the floor laughing

Name: Karen Mcilroy
Puyallup,Wa. (Zone 8b)
Daylilies Keeper of Poultry Region: Pacific Northwest Birds Frogs and Toads
kkaymci55
Apr 19, 2014 1:59 PM CST
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Top is Rebels Night Breezes next is Rose Bouquet
Name: Karen Mcilroy
Puyallup,Wa. (Zone 8b)
Daylilies Keeper of Poultry Region: Pacific Northwest Birds Frogs and Toads
kkaymci55
Apr 19, 2014 2:03 PM CST
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Breezy Brea, Amour Elite, Concord

Dog Lover
Leda
Apr 19, 2014 2:26 PM CST
Hurray! Hurray!

Gorgeous kkay! I love how the varieties look different with every blooming. (I am talking about mine.) For the most part I don't know what they are. Just grow them for the fun of it.

Leda

Name: Karen Mcilroy
Puyallup,Wa. (Zone 8b)
Daylilies Keeper of Poultry Region: Pacific Northwest Birds Frogs and Toads
kkaymci55
Apr 19, 2014 4:30 PM CST
Thankyou. I just got done potting up about a dozen babies of Russian varieties that were very sadly neglected. kkaymci

Dog Lover
Leda
Apr 20, 2014 7:43 AM CST
kkay,

I have some Russian leaves that came with an order of other violets as a gift. They were quite prolific. They are still small. I can't wait for the blooms!

Leda
Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
Wrightstown, New Jersey (Zone 6b)

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: United States of America Region: New Jersey Cactus and Succulents Tropicals
Container Gardener Hummingbirder Farmer Keeps Horses Dog Lover Birds
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JB
Apr 20, 2014 1:11 PM CST
Happy Easter Everyone. I am out of here today.

Dog Lover
Leda
Apr 20, 2014 1:48 PM CST
Group hug JB,

Have a great day. I hope you are surrounded with family and love!

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