Houseplants forum: African Violets- getting interested again

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Name: Alyssa Blue
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May 17, 2016 9:19 AM CST
Yay for african violets! I brought these home just before Mother's Day. It's been several years since I had one, that I gave up before a move. Does anyone know the ID of each of these plants? The plant on the left had more purple/white flowers that have already died off since bringing it home.

I put them in a separate room I keep for plant quarantine, and I leave the radio on- they seem to love the spot! They were kind of bobbly when I got them home after being in the plastic sleeve from the grower during transport, and I saw a web at the base of each plant from spider mites, but now they are definitely branching out after treatment.

Also, how about a favorite pot for AVs? I won't leave them in the nursery pot too much longer, but I've always used regular ceramic plant pots in the past. Want to try something different.

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Name: Sally
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May 19, 2016 6:10 AM CST
They're so cute and cheap to get. Thumbs up

I can't make recommendations; I have had some nice ones on an east windowsill, but gradually lost them. Last year I broke down and bought a cute one for my MIL apartment.
I don't think the 'violet' pots are all that great for them. I don't know if they can drain excess water, or do a good job of sucking up water from the bottom if it's needed.
I used to have a ceramic pot with glazed top edge that was supposed to be for violets, I think.

I love terra cotta in theory, but I use plastic mostly, especially with a well draining mix, I don't need the quick drying terra cotta.
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