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hahhuuu
Feb 27, 2018 9:38 AM CST
I have a crimson ice. In 2017s winter, I bought it from a supermarket. It was full of blossoms and the colours were eyecatching. Now in my home, near other saint paulias (they blossom awesome) this crimson ice has only 2 blossoms and they are white not any crimson Sad what is the reason for this and is there any cure?
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greene
Feb 27, 2018 9:45 AM CST
When the plant was grown it received optimum light, temperature, fertilization. Now that it is in your home and the conditions have changed, it is probably trying to revert back to its original color. Happens a lot.
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plantladylin
Feb 27, 2018 9:57 AM CST
African Violet (Saintpaulia 'Crimson Ice') is a beautiful violet.

I've read that sometimes changes in leaf or flower color can be due to cultural conditions like changes in light intensity, or change in temperature. Some plants may suddenly produce solid white flowers due to "sporting", or genetic mutation. Due to current day hybridization, some plant varieties have more stable characteristics than others.

I don't know if your plant will ever produce the bi-color blooms again or not but you should give it as much bright, indirect light (south winter during winter) and warm temperatures, without cold drafts.
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WillC
Feb 27, 2018 10:14 AM CST
That happens often with hybrids that are bred for specific color characteristics. Unfortunately, there is little you can do about it. Just keep it healthy as you would your other AV's and enjoy whatever flowers you get.
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hahhuuu
Feb 27, 2018 10:15 AM CST
Sooo my friends adding some vinegar while watering won't be a solution huh? Confused
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WillC
Feb 27, 2018 10:26 AM CST
I believe you are thinking of Hydrangeas where flower color is affected by the soil pH (acidity). Not a good idea at all with your AV!
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plantladylin
Feb 27, 2018 10:28 AM CST
I agree with WillC; do not use vinegar, it will not change the color of your AV blooms but can kill your plant.
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hahhuuu
Feb 27, 2018 10:41 AM CST
plantladylin said:I agree with WillC; do not use vinegar, it will not change the color of your AV blooms but can kill your plant.


Really?? My goodness 🙁 i hope not.
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hahhuuu
Feb 27, 2018 10:42 AM CST
Thank you all for your answers.
Turkey
hahhuuu
May 29, 2018 3:14 AM CST
Hello again. My crimson ice turned to its original colour. Now its blooming awesome. But there is a problem. Tiny insects are living on the blossoms. I have to leave home a while. And it had to stay dry for about to weeks. Is it related? What are they? And what can i do? Is it contagious?
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plantladylin
May 29, 2018 6:11 AM CST
The insects are so tiny that it's impossible to tell exactly what they are but I wonder if they might be Thrips? These pages have information about identifying Thrips on African Violets and suggestions for their control:
http://africanvioletfun.com/vi...
https://www.optimara.com/docto...
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hahhuuu
May 29, 2018 1:59 PM CST
Yes, ive found the same according to my investigations. I guess they are thrips. In my kitchen there are 3 african violets side by side. Two of them are invaded by those tiny creatures 😑😑 ı dont want to lose them. Sad

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