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Fort Collins, CO (Zone 5b)
Reenabean
Apr 16, 2020 11:31 AM CST
Hello everyone,
I've had my AV for almost a year now and have not seen any flowers, only leaves that seemed to be super little for the plant. Is there anything I can do to at least make the leaves bigger and for the plants to produce some flowers? I've attached some photos of the leaves.

I water once a week or when the soil is dry and fertilize once a month.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!
-Reena
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Name: Luda
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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mishkab
Apr 17, 2020 2:23 PM CST
Hi Reena,
I can not say exactly what's wrong, but from your pictures I see that your AV probably getting too much light, especially the one in the square pot. Move it away from the source of strong light. In general AV will tell you when it is just right amount of light. Too much light - the rosette will flatten, leaves getting smaller and growth slows down. Too little light - the leaves start to rise up, the leave stalks too long, the growth slows down. Another problem could be - too large pots. If you have too large pot AV won't flower until it grows up to the size of the pot. They like small space. You don't wear shoes two sizes up. Another recommendation is one rosette per pot. Separate rosettes in your round pot. It shouldn't affect flowering but your plants would feel better. Humidity is important too. They grow better in high humidity. What kind of fertilizer do you use? For flowers you need more K and P and less N. Plus AV appreciate lots of hummus in the soil. Check out the ratios. Good luck
Fort Collins, CO (Zone 5b)
Reenabean
Apr 17, 2020 8:05 PM CST
Oh my! Thank you for helpful tips! I use MiracleGro Blooming Liquid fertilizer which I believe has .5-1-.5.
I will definitely divide the ones in the circle pot as soon as I find a really small container for it. I already moved them in a different location and see if I see any difference in a couple of weeks! Thank you again for all the advice. I just want these guys to be happy! Smiling
Name: Luda
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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mishkab
Apr 17, 2020 9:56 PM CST
Your AVs look quite healthy. Sometimes it takes a bit more time then a couple of weeks to understand about light. As I remember there is a rule about light: The right amount of light for AV is If you still can see a shadow on your plant when you hold a hand at about 20 - 30 cm over it ( not sure about those digits exactly, may be somebody can correct me about that). They are low light plants and doing fine on northern windowsills without sun. Also I do not fertilize my plants at all. May be, sometimes, water from fish tank as a fertilizer. Just good soil at the planting time: lots of organic matter, good drainage. They flower without any problems. About pot size (just to give you an idea): I use plastic yogurt cups as a pots when I separate young violets from mother leaf. Then, probably, in a year I move them to 4" no more. Minies do flower in 2".

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