Last updated 18th September 2016
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Well spring is truly sprung and we are having a share of September sunshine and September showers down under here in Perth WA. We already have more blooms coming out as the buds are multiplying on the African violets with the slightly warmer weather. Gesneriads are showing their blooms as well. Many of you will be growing near windows and this will be producing a great show for you. The cold nights will soon disappear and warmth is not too far away. Don't forget to keep your distance from your indoor plants if you have been outside doing the necessary gardening. Bugs are about just as flowers are and you can easily carry them (pests) inside on your clothing. So be aware to brush off or change your clothing.
Some Tasks For Spring
The beginning of the warm weather means that potting can begin in earnest! If you have been nervous about potting or putting down leaves during the cooler weather, you need put it off no longer! With the warmer temperatures and the lengthening days, the plants seem to know it is spring. You will notice an increase in the growth rate.
Some of the chores for spring are:
Potting up young plantlets from leaves.
Rejuvenating plants that have outgrown their pots and have necks.
Putting down leaves of variegated violets.
Giving high nitrogen fertilizer to violets that are showing too much variegation after the cool weather.
Potting up Gesneriad rhizomes such as Achimenes, Kohleria and Eucodonia.
Taking cuttings of trailing Gesneriads such as Columnea and Nematanthus.
Potting up Sinningia tubers that are starting to send up new shoots.
Planting seeds of violets or other Gesneriads.
Most Gesneriads grow easily from seed.
As the weather warms, keep a vigilant eye out for caterpillars, mites and other pests
Take care of plants growing on windowsills to ensure they are not getting too much direct sun.
We have some lovely 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.
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.
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.
Flora Plant 822 Rowley Road, Oakford 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.
Email above 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 CURIOSITIES OF THE COLOURS
African violets red, white, and blue.
Coral red is one of the most recessive colours in African violets. Before 1980 most violets described as "red" were actually magenta (a deep purplish red.) A truer red appeared when hybrids such as ‘Dyn-o-mite’ and ‘Sedona’ came along (seen in photos above). Even today though, violets with coral red genes are still fairly burgundy coloured. If you grow with fluorescent "grow lights" (which have a pinkish colour, we call them gro-lux) you may find that your red violets will appear a much brighter red.
Not all white violets are genetically white. Some bloom white as a result of chemistry within the plant that keeps the genetic colour from developing as the bud matures. This chemistry is affected by the growing room temperature. 'Snuggles Innocence’ (see above) is one example of a variety which has mostly white flowers in some seasons but will blush more pink in summer months.
Violets are blue.... You would think so. It's true that some violets in the Viola family are bright blue, but that's because viola flowers have a different blue pigment than African violets (which are in the Gesneriad family and unrelated.) The African violet's pigment produces a violet-blue appearance, and to many eyes it looks a bit purplish as it does here with 'Little Prince' (see above). Buyers beware of royal blue African violet photos... purple is a difficult colour to capture in photography and the result may be misleading.
Joy Stork AVSA
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Click on the email button below and send us a "hello" or query about your African violet. Or maybe even join! Plenty of information in the Articles (12 available at the moment); and Maintenance Pages above. Also there are links to other Australian African violet groups, as well as Q&A (generic answers to some questions already there however if you have one then please submit it) at the bottom MENU of this Home page. There is also the Origins button below that provides an interesting History about African violets, including more views of the Usambara Mountains.
Variegated African Violet Cultivars If you have some variegated varieties in your collection, the absence of flower will not seem quite so bad. In a few short weeks, inspired by the warmth of spring, disbudded plants will bloom twice as heavily and (hopefully) Remember when you are tucked up in bed at night, that poor little violet will not appreciate sitting near a cold window. Jazztime (above) is a very good example of a variegated leaf edge. There are many variations as with the beautiful blooms. A warm indoor environment will see them bloom expected however, natural light will take longer. So patience, it is worth it.
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Our Society's will have a general meeting on Saturday the 15th of October 2016. There is a new password and our Membership Secretary will supply it on request to all financial members. Your Committee next meets on 8th October.
Geez that's good mate! Need the sunlight and warmth to help us get the blooms to regrow after our maintenance job!
Yeah but shall we tell the owners that they need to do a job on the window pane?
Growing from a Peduncle. Seed, Leaf, plantlet (sucker), crown or a bloom stalk. Quite a few options to grow African violets and this is one of them. Have a try, it is fun to grow something and you can do it easily indoors. Just a little bit of TLC.
Dish gardens. You can get a lot of pleasure out of Av dish gardens, they are nice on the eye, can contain other varieties of plants combined with small figurines, stones and moss to create a setting with a beautiful miniature or Gesneriad. Grown mostly near windows or on a protected back patio. Keep rotating so there is an even exposure to light. More in Articles.
Dish gardens are considered Artistic and many different designs come from the entrants in this category for shows. Containers can vary from a flat dish to different glass bowls to terrariums to small log bases. The choice of plants to accompany the African violets or Gesneriads displayed are usually small plants but not cacti or succulents.
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