Hey! Its time to announce our May Annual Show on the three days leading up to Mothers Day at Kardinya Park Shopping Centre 8, 9 and 10 May, where the WA State Champions for African violets and Gesneriads are determined. Lots of other trophies (see our Annual Show 2013 Page for a preview) for our growers to win and the theme this year is "Hats off to African Violets". Our poster is next door so have a look and if you are in Perth, pop in and meet and greet on those three days. We would love to see you there. For others, a full photo report will be available after the awards presented on 17th May 2014.
Two of Andy's recent hybridized outcomes.
Heinz's Seduction is a Standard that has a bloom that is double semi-double red-purple star with white/pink mottling through the bloom. It has Dark Green leaves that are plain with quilted edges and are red backed. Hybridised by Mr Dornbusch, we have several that will be in the myriad of entries at our Annual May Show. Heinz's are a very popular variety and he has established a great reputation for fine cultivars.
Another view of Heinz's Seduction
Our aim is to promote and involve everyone in the care, propagation and development of their African violets and Gesneriads.
Just click on each Menu option and find how African violets are easy to maintain. We want to provide you with interesting information and photographs that
will provide you with information and knowledge.
Your new one has so much potential to put a smile on your face or for the person you may have given it to as a gift. Your home will be bright with colour and it can be a lovely hobby if you wish to do more.
Just click on our Links Page to have a look for the nearest AVS organisation closest to you. We have a section called
Questions and Solutions so click to have a look.
Thanks for looking at our web site and there is lots more to come.
March 2014 Meeting We have some wonderful meetings which last month included "hands on" grooming for the members. Lead by Anne Light after the loss of our former President, everyone stepped into the roles required to have fun and learn more about our hobby and obsession. To add diversity and interest one of our members, Alison Fox, spoke with passion of her experiences with the Royal Flying Doctor Service for whom her husband flies an aircraft and the vital importance of the service in Australia's outback. Thanks so much for that Alison.
The African violet, Saintpaulia ionantha, is one of the most widely grown of all indoor plants, and has been since discovery over 120 years ago. Often seen as 'old fashioned' they are in fact very much in demand and have been grown in Australia for many years. If you follow a few basic ideas on how to care for them they will flower magnificently. They prefer a constant warm to hot temperature and high humidity. African violets need plenty of filtered sunlight to thrive and should be planted in a special potting mix. There is minimal watering with our wick watering method and an African violet can be maintained for up to 10 days without further watering depending on temperatures. A few tips from us your African violet, will flower for months and can live for 15 years or more. If you click on the Maintenance Tab above, you will find information on how to look after it. Our Society also provides handouts at our displays and meetings on the African violets on these basics. You can grow new plants from a leaf and enjoy an exciting and wonderful experience particularly inside your own home or apartment. You will derive great satisfaction and pleasure from doing this and by entering our world, the returns are just so great.
Come along and join us on the third Saturday of April the 19th (yes in the middle of the Easter weekend! Signing up for Membership will allow 18 months for $20 with our exclusive members only pages and a quarterly Newsletter available on line.
Arrive about 1 pm to enjoy and share wth our wonderful members in activity and information until about 3.30 - 4 pm. Featured are workshops and demonstrations (see Calendar Events). Our Trading Table opens at 1 pm until 1.45 pm providing items for purchase and plants for sale. The Competition Table highlights our growers' capabilities and all members are encouraged to enter the monthly competition with a plant they have grown for at least three months. There is a door prize and the Monthly Meeting officially starts at 2:00 pm with a presentation.
African violets and most other Gesneriads (with the obvious exception of Episcia) won't mind a bit of coolness. Actually, they'll tolerate it better than you might. Keep in mind that most of the Gesneriads that we grow aren't really tropical, actually subtropical, and many are native to high elevations or areas where a bit of coolness is not uncommon.
For most, so long as your night-time temperature stays above 15 degrees Celsius (some won't mind it a bit cooler) they'll be quite content.
Want to contact us or ask a query, click on the email button below and send us a "hello" or query about your African violet. Or maybe even join!
We have a special set of web pages for our Members Only. Visit our Membership Page to see how you can join us to enjoy this very special addition to your Membership with our Society.
There is the current February Newsletter is available by Sunday 2nd March as well as past issues of Violet Talk. So much more information including, Meeting Minutes, Financial Statements, extra growing tips, past events, members photos, humour and many other Pages with information specifically for you.
Just click on our Membership Page to see how you can join us and gain access to much more as a Member of our Society.
Autumn Growing Tips
African violet Do's and Don'ts for April.
Do's • Do Provide plenty of ventilation on those hot days (unless air is hotter and drier outdoors).
Do Watch carefully for pests.
Do Water, all your plants will
be drinking plenty in the hot weather.
Don't Ignore your plants just because you’re feeling poorly in the heat. A little time spent now will mean they are lovely in the autumn.
Don't Forget to disbud your plants when showing 6 to 9 weeks before. That is appropriate for us as our Annual Show is on soon in early May. Check daily and don't fertilise every time you "fill up".