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Name: Paul
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Paul2032
Dec 7, 2011 5:12 PM CST
I have one good window for growing plants. It is a large picture window that faces east. Over the years I've grown many things there as I go through my various plant fads...cactus, African violets,orchids, amarylis, ferns, coleus, iris seedlings and begonia tubers until they can go out to the garden. Now I'm back to African violets. My favorite nursery just called and has a new shipment in and I hope to go tomorrow and see if there are some I just can't live without. Here is a look at some of them.....









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Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
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GardenGuyAZ
Dec 7, 2011 7:33 PM CST
They are beautiful Paul. I've been thinking of getting back into AV's. for the very reason the do bloom all year long in a bright window.

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Name: Cinda
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gardengus
Dec 7, 2011 9:33 PM CST
Some beautiful colors you have there Smiling
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all else is just existing.
Name: Alan
Chandler, AZ; 85225 (Zone 9b)
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GardenGuyAZ
Dec 8, 2011 11:13 AM CST
I just wish they came in true blue! :)

























Name: Holly
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HollyAnnS
Dec 12, 2011 10:06 AM CST
Paul, they are really pretty. I have several AV in an East window also and they do very well there. Right now none of them are blooming but they were just recently. Here are a few pics taken a bit ago.

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Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
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Paul2032
Dec 12, 2011 12:13 PM CST
Nice violets Holly...most of mine are in bloom now which lifts my spirits in the winter. A few are not but I hope they will start when the current ones are winding down. I have actually been watering and grooming them this morning.
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Name: Holly
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HollyAnnS
Dec 12, 2011 1:59 PM CST
They were all doing very nicely but we have had some pest issues I treated the violets with a spray. Wasn't sure how it would affect the leaves but they did just fine. The flowers were looking a bit sad before I treated them so I pick them all off. I am thinking they will come back soon. What do you use and how do you treat your AV for pests.
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Name: Sheryl
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sheryl
Dec 12, 2011 2:58 PM CST
Hi Holly!

I just have a few. Paul, I love both your blue w/ white picotee and the white with the blue ... Marbling? Don't know what you'd call it.
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Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
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Paul2032
Dec 12, 2011 3:31 PM CST
I haven't had any pest problems with my AV's except fungus gnats. They don't attack the violets but live in the moist soil. I have heard that the larvae sometimes eat the roots but haven't had that problem. They are irritating to have around.
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
Name: Holly
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HollyAnnS
Dec 12, 2011 4:13 PM CST
I have had some mealy bug issues and one of the affected plants was very close. It was the first time I have ever had problems with AV. They really did well with the spraying. I am so careful not to get water on them so spraying them was something I didn't want to have to do.
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sheryl
Dec 12, 2011 6:39 PM CST
What did you spray them with, Holly? I had an identical problem and sprayed an alcohol/ water mix on them. Ruined the blooms but kept the leaves for another day.

Stupid mealy bugs.
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Name: Holly
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HollyAnnS
Dec 12, 2011 6:58 PM CST
First I used a Neem Oil, water & alcohol. Then later when I saw more of them I came back with Bonide Systemic. I was surprised that they tolerated the spraying. I had 5 AV and 4 of them look fine one was in very bad shape after the Neem spraying for some reason I lost that one. I also sprayed the Streptocarpus and it is also doing fine and blooming. I wouldn't treat these unless I saw signs of some serious pest.
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sheryl
Dec 12, 2011 7:27 PM CST
Evidently the "first" treatment has to be two weeks apart, just because the first spray kills the adults but not the eggs they've laid. Of course, if you don't catch the new adults fast, they, too, lay eggs.

I had two that my mom watered for me while I was out of town.... ooops..... they rotted. But I did save a couple of leaves and have them under a plastic dome to see if I can get my pretties back....
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maulydaft
Dec 22, 2011 7:24 PM CST
I envy you! Mine died at my old place, starting flourishing at my new place, but now I think the (warmest) room is too cold and it's been too dark here. I'm losing them again! :(
Name: Holly
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HollyAnnS
Jan 21, 2012 10:01 AM CST
one of my AV's is blooming again. It is the first one since I treated them for pests a few months ago.
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Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
Grandchildren are my greatest joy.
Charter ATP Member Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Annuals Echinacea Vegetable Grower Hybridizer
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Paul2032
Jan 21, 2012 11:14 AM CST
Pretty....I love the ones with white edges. The plant looks healthy.
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
Name: Alan
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Sunset Zone 13
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GardenGuyAZ
Jan 21, 2012 2:21 PM CST
I got some really nice ones three weeks ago. A red, a white and pink ruffled, and a lilaca nd white ruffled. I immediately dropped the pot with the lilac and white ruffled when I was cleaning under neath it, and broke a bunch of the blooms off, and a couple of the leaves. I've grown them before, they are tough cookies. I'm sure it will come back Smiling Here is a picture of one of mine.


























Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
Grandchildren are my greatest joy.
Charter ATP Member Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Annuals Echinacea Vegetable Grower Hybridizer
Tomato Heads Garden Photography Birds Cut Flowers Foliage Fan Plays in the sandbox
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Paul2032
Jan 21, 2012 5:03 PM CST
Very pretty.....
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
Name: Sheryl
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sheryl
Jan 21, 2012 5:17 PM CST
I [unfortunately] have a puppy and kitten in the house - and I am here to tell you that African Violets do not like foot traffic, even kitty-paws. Grumbling Thank goodness they're tough!
In the end, only kindness matters.

Science is not the answer, it is the question.


Name: Alan
Chandler, AZ; 85225 (Zone 9b)
Sunset Zone 13
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GardenGuyAZ
Jan 21, 2012 7:27 PM CST
lol! They don't like being dropped in the sink either!! :(

























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