Last updated 13th February 2016
Hi There, this month February when we have three opportunities to meet with you. We have been invited by the Gardener's Circle Inc. to have a "Pop Up" store on Monday the 15th February at the South Perth Civic Centre starting at 6.30 PM. Second, our Monthly Meeting, Saturday the 20th of February at the Manning Activity Centre where all of us are; and to round off a great month, the Garden Clubs and Societies Fair is at South Perth Civic Centre Saturday the 27th and Sunday the 28th of February. All venues will have African violets and Gesneriads for you to view and purchase. In the meantime enjoy yourself.
Where are we? Our Society's next meeting is Saturday the 20th of February 2016. Starts at 12.30 pm with the Trade Table and Plant Sales until 1.45 pm. The Meeting starts at 2 pm. Where? Our venue is the MANNING ACTIVITY CENTRE, at 3 Downey Drive, Manning. Cost of entry is $1.00, see you there. Click here for a site map.
- Nematanthus 'Christmas Holly', also commonly known as the 'Goldfish Plant' and is a tropical trailing vine. Known for its showy flowers and willingness to bloom it is a trailing vine and can be planted in a hanging basket, where it will hang downward and grow over the background. The Gesneriad has moderate water needs, and likes a moist substrate and frequent misty sprays. Growing is best under moderate to bright light, but will quickly grow towards the light source under dimmer lighting. No air circulation is required, but does not do well in a damp, saturated environment and will constantly bloom once it establishes and reaches a mature size. It has been known to grow in vivariums. Josh's Frogs.
'A vivarium (Latin, literally for "place of life") is an area, usually enclosed, for keeping and raising animals or plants for observation or research. Often, a portion of the ecosystem for a particular species is simulated on a smaller scale, with controls for environmental conditions.' Wikipedia
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Some Thoughts on Fertilising African violets
It is more important that you do fertilise than exactly what you use;
Less is commonly better than more;
Young plants not ready to flower need a good general fertiliser with a balance of Nitrogen: Phosphorus: Potassium (N:P:K);
If available use a fertiliser that is high in Phosphorus and medium high in Potassium, Nitrogen needs to be available but is rather less important for fully grown plants than it is for young ones;
Fertiliser should be provided regularly so that growth is continuous and even.
When weather is very hot as it is now here in Perth in our summer, reduce the strength of fertiliser solution because the plant will take up much more liquid.
When growth is slowed because of cold weather apply less fertiliser, or less frequently.
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A Silly Tip
Occasionally, a grower is doing everything well, and an African violet will stubbornly remain out of bloom while developing beautiful leaves. Botanists would say that it is in variegated mode. In order to switch it to a flowering mode, the plant needs a gentle threat that will trigger a ‘survival of the species’ reaction. Squeezing the size of the pot or gently ‘thumping’ the pot on a table surface will disturb the roots enough to trigger a panic response, often causing the violet to begin setting flowers. It sounds silly, but there is a good science to support this action.