African Violets and Gesneriads forum→aging african violet

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Name: Alice
Fort Worth (Zone 8a)
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Gypsi
Feb 19, 2021 9:13 AM CST
I thought it needed repotted so I did repot, or at least add some dirt at the bottom and the top. My african violet is 8, it has over its life had many leaves and the stem is over 6 inches long with the roots way down at the bottom and the green part at the top. What should I do for it?
Name: Don
Phoenix AZ (Zone 13a)
Darwin101
Feb 22, 2021 10:05 PM CST
I found this article at the Violet Barn link is below. I have no experience with a 6" long neck. Someone more experienced might have more to add.
Miss Orchid Girl has a video on YouTube that covered this topic but I am not remembering the name.

https://www.violetbarn.com/pla...
Name: Alice
Fort Worth (Zone 8a)
Sempervivums Ponds Beekeeper
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Gypsi
Feb 25, 2021 10:48 PM CST
That is a great article, Thank you @Darwin101
Name: Don
Phoenix AZ (Zone 13a)
Darwin101
Mar 20, 2021 11:59 AM CST
Here is a video from the African Violet Society of America

https://www.youtube.com/watch?...
Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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plantladylin
Mar 20, 2021 1:41 PM CST
LOL, I had the African Violet in the photo below for about 8 years and it got so neglected that it's long neck had it looking like a Palm Tree. Green Grin!
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Name: Alice
Fort Worth (Zone 8a)
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Gypsi
Mar 21, 2021 7:07 PM CST
Mine was a curly palm tree and people in the succulent forum used its upright habit as a low light example (got a lux meter, lighting was fine, lol). Anyway I followed the instructions on the first reply and cut it off about an inch below the bottom leaf and started new dirt, watered, in a plastic bag. I'll check it in a couple of weeks. At least I kept it alive for 9 years. That's a first
Name: Zoƫ
Albuquerque NM, Elev 5310 ft (Zone 7b)
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NMoasis
Mar 21, 2021 7:35 PM CST
Lin I love your little violet palm tree!

Speaking of aging neglected violets. I keep looking at this mutantly huge mess and putting off a major overhaul. It's almost always blooming, so I keep thinking I'll wait... Whistling I toss water on it when it gets droopy, try to deadhead before the dead flowers drop into the cat's food bowl below, but otherwise, no care. It's about 18 inches across. I think there are two stalks in there. Hilarious!
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