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Hi Everyone, low overnight temperatures have arrived in Perth and your African violets may be looking for a blanket of warmth. Indoors they like a temperature of around 15 degrees Celsius in the room(s) will keep them comfortable and perhaps reduce risk of Powdery Mildew which can also be compounded by poor circulation of air. Keeping blinds closed during the night hours can also help keep warmth in a room. There is a Rose Spray for Powdery Mildew that is doing good things to remove any signs of Powdery Mildew from your collection.
If you grow your African violets outside under the patio you could consider covering them with a plastic paint sheet gently spread over the top of them to keep the warmth of the day in (see image).
Here are a few photos of the Championship Table and winners from our very successful Annual May Show. Click on photos below to view the name of the plant, the winner and enlarge each one.
Our Next General Monthly Meeting is on Saturday 15th July 2017. Starts at 12 noon, Manning Activity Centre, 3 Downey Drive, Manning.
For any communication or query concerning administration or what is on our Agenda for a Monthly Meeting contact our Secretary, Cherryl
What to take care with when Grooming
Plants from Chimeras can be grown from the leaves but will rarely have flowers with the pinwheel pattern similar to parent plant. “To explain, chimera African violets have two genetically different tissues side by side, an out and an inner layer in the petioles. Normally roots and plantlets grow from the inner tissue layer, therefore the original chimera is not produced because the outer tissue layer, which must be in the makeup of the propagated plant, is not in the plantlet.” If your Chimera is in trouble it can be 'salvaged' by taking the leaves and blooms from it and regrowing the remaining 'crown'. It certainly works and has been successful for me with a Tineke.
Hybridising is another option and we have information on that in our ARTICLES menu.
Email below or call 0407 702 879 for any enquiries about African violets or Gesneriad availability in the Perth area, membership (would love people to join and share with us once a month), queries about African violets in general or other related topics.
We do presentations to other clubs about African violets, the varieties, how to care for them and demonstrations. Just call or email.
OBJECTS of the SOCIETY
1. To afford a convenient and beneficial association of persons interested in the African Violet (Saintpaulia) and other Gesneriads;
2. To stimulate a widespread interest in the propagation and culture of the African Violets and Gesneriads;
3. To promote ways and means for the distribution of varieties and species among the members and others interested in growing them; and
4. To gather and ultimately publish reliable practical information concerning this organisation, culture and propagation of the African Violet, Gesneriads, and other articles of interest to the members.
ORIGIN of NAME – The word chimaera comes from Greek mythology and refers to a fire breathing monster composed of a lion’s head, a goat’s body and a serpent’s tail. It is the melding of parental characteristics that has led to graft hybrids being termed chimaeras. In other words, a chimaera is a graft hybrid.
A chimera (pronounced ki-mir-a) is a unique type of African violet that cannot be reproduced from a leaf. The blooms or leaves often have a pinwheel pattern. To propagate this plant the preferred one (for me) that produces a plant with a certainty of flowers is to choose a "sucker" from an existing Chimera and proceed with growing it as you would a normal plantlet. There are no particular exceptions taken to grow it and it can be a lovely reward for effort with pinwheel blooms.
Click on each photo to view their respective names.
Join Us - Click on Membership Tab on Main Menu
Membership commences 1 July each year. However there is a special offer, if you join now in 2017 you will receive the period from now until July FREE and your membership continue until 30th June 2018!
There is an admission fee of $2.00 per person to be paid when attending each of our Saturday meetings including visitors which is levied at the Manning Activity Centre entrance to the Main Hall and includes free coffee, tea and biscuits. Members also bring along a plate for afternoon tea.
What else do you receive - Access to the Members Only page; the Society's bi-monthly Newsletter Violet Talk emailed to you or if you do not have a computer a black and white copy mailed to your home address; Reports about our activities; Photos of who is part of our wonderful Society; Much more information from the African violet world (interstate Newsletters) about what is happening over there.
WA Country, Interstate or International Membership (e-Member) only $10.00 per calendar year January to December. Click here and join us.
For any enquiries about the AVS-WA Inc or questions about your African violets or Gesneriads click on the button to our Membership Secretary Aileen.
AVS-WA Inc SUPPORTERS
Here are our four great supporters who help us with our efforts to provide members with a variety of things for the promotion and enjoyment of growing African violets and Gesneriads. Click on their various logos to visit their respective websites. It is a wonderful connection with each group as the always have such friendly and helpful staff to assist with any enquiry or purchase. We are very lucky to be associated with each of these groups.
Also a special thankyou to Bunnings Cannington for their very generous donation of 10 x $10 gift vouchers.
Our Annual May Show is held at Kardinya Park Shopping Centre who provide the venue, staff to setup tables and assist with advertising. The centre manager, Glenda always has a smile and is so helpful. Great place to shop.
Flora Plant donate a selection of plants for our monthly raffles. When we pick them up they are so clean and well grown. There is such a wide range of choice and have a great reputation for excellence. A real treat for our member's monthly raffle.
Garden City Plastics have moved to Facility 4, 271 Berkshire Road Forrestfield, and is our source for all our pots used with African violets and they generously donate printing costs for us. They have plenty of other options with some trendy pots and patterns and provide a friendly and prompt service.
RICHGRO in Acourt Road, Jandakot provides us our Patron who helps in so many ways through each year. Geoff Richards is such a nice, generous and supportive bloke who always attends our main functions during the year. Geoff supports many groups and his company's products are known for their quality right across Australia and internationally. Always improving with technology and techniques. The new environmentally friendly recycling plant is just awesome and inspiring.
African Violet Society of WA Inc.
Easier to grow than you may think!
You are so welcome to the African Violet Society of WA's website. We keep you supplied with plenty of images and articles in our Menu and also on this Home page for you to view. We keep on growing African violets and Gesneriads and hope you share our passion. So glad you visited our web site. It is a pleasure to present it to you and please contact us and let us know if you would like to see something specific.