Last updated 6th December 2016
“Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.” - Luther Burbank
Hi Members, great Christmas Luncheon on last Saturday at Joan's place. Hope you all enjoyed and to those who could not attend, hopefully all is well with you and your families.
New edition of Violet Talk (last for the year) now available in the Members Only Page plus photos of the presentation of the 2016 Table Competition winners.
summer with your Violets
From an Article by Bob Richardson (African Violet Society of South Australia Inc.)
We are now into the in the very best time of the year for growing our African Violets; they are happy and we are happy at this time of the year. Violets are raring to go providing you are carrying out good culture practices. All the work that you undertake on your African Violets at this time of the year is rewarded tenfold. Don’t expect to get good results at the May show if you do not put in the work now.
Plants that have been in the same pot and soil for some time should be given a clean up and repotted into fresh soil. The soil can be thoroughly flushed out to remove accumulated fertilizer salts. Immerse the pot in water until it is saturated and then drain and then water again from the top until plenty of water drains out. Use warm water and preferably rain water.
Small plants should not be allowed to flower, this will enable the plant to grow much better until it reaches a size where it is more able to support a good head of blooms. Once you let it bloom then leaf growth slows down.
If you haven’t been using much fertiliser over the winter months you can now increase the dose slightly, taking care not to be too heavy handed. Any roots that are not healthy should be cut off as well as any leaves that are past their best. Clean the plant up and get it into a good symmetrical form now.
There is every possibility that you may find your violets are crowded. This is a very common occurrence and you must be firm and provide more space or thin out the ones you could do without, otherwise your problems will be compounded with the active growth you can expect over the next few months.
Select your best plants now and commit yourself to growing them for our show next May. Give them plenty of room, groom them weekly and maintain the leaf symmetry.
Follow the twelve week schedule which suggests a fertilising programme and the removal of all flowers and buds until about 6-8 weeks before the show
Edited by Eric Bateman
Thrip – Ruth Coulson Click Here to view
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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.
The Magnificent Ten Click Here to view
Here are two of our 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.
Garden City Plastics in Mallaig Way, Canning Vale, is our source for all our pots used with African violets and donate printing costs for us. They have plenty of other options with some trendy pots and patterns.
Our Annual May Show is held at Kardinya Park Shopping Centre who provide the venue, staff to setup tables and assist with advertising. Great place to shop.
To all you lovely people who take the time to visit this web page, our season's greetings from the members of the African Violet Society of WA for 2016 and going into 2017.
Our Violet Talk is our bi-monthly Newsletter. Perhaps you would like to have a look at the November_ December Edition 2016? Please download or view. It is presented as a Booklet.
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Our Society's next general meeting on Saturday the 18th of February 2017. Your Committee next meets in that month..
For any enquiries about the AVS-WA Inc or questions about your African violets or Gesneriads click on the button to our President Jacqui.
For any communication or query concerning administration or what is on our Agenda for a Monthly Meeting contact our Secretary, Cherryl
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Streptocarpus 'Lisa's Love' Fibrous Rooted
Here are two more of our 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.
Flora Plant donate a selection of plants for our monthly raffles. When we pick them up they are so clean and well grown. A real treat for our member's monthly raffle.
RICHGRO in Acourt Road, Jandakot provides us our Patron who helps in many ways through each year. Geoff Richards is such a nice and supportive bloke who always attends our main functions during the year.