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Have a theory, and I think a lot of people down under might share the same outlook living in this region. July has just gotten underway and I would say it really feels like the start of winter rather than the second month of it. In my humble opinion, the seasons seem to have been slipping a few days each year over the last five or six years. A long lazy June has just gone past with an average of about 18 degrees and the high pressure (anti-clockwise) systems much lower in the Great Southern Bight, preventing cold fronts (ahead of low pressure systems) from bringing rain as they once normally did and are returning to normal Winter pattern in this first week of July that once occurred in early June.
What does it mean as far as African violets are concerned? You might be tempted to "drown" your African violets as they seem to be drier during this time. You will perceive dryness so instead hold back on lots of water at a time (to save them!) and just be a little bit on the lesser side when adding water to avoid possible root rot. Further discussion is in the article below. EKB
Hi Everyone, low overnight temperatures are persisting in Perth and your African violets may be looking for a blanket of warmth at night. When 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. Our growers use fluorescent lights because of the number they grow however, the sunlight coming through a lounge or bathroom window is good to look after a few. If in an office keep close to a window or perhaps a light if you can. The African violets like about 12 hours of light and about 8 hours of darkness to do well when combined with a weak fertiliser. For more look at our Maintenance Page. 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 before evening by gently spreading over the top of them to keep the warmth of the day in (see image above). So far there has been no ill effects from the cold temperatures of 4-6 degrees Celsius and no marks on blooms or leaves (touch wood!) from the 30 or so that include mature, plantlets and leaves.
Take care - EKB
One of our growers was lucky enough to get two plants recently, Edge of Darkness a beautiful Standard and a Gesneriad (Episcia Cleopatra) which over here in Perth is grown in a glass bowl to keep in humidity and warmth. The grower found that with the Episcia when first obtaining a stolon a couple of years ago that it changed its colouring from the special pink and light green leaves to a dark green and chocolate brown within six to eight months of normal exposure. The problem was solved when it (Episcia Cleopatra) was seen in Melbourne at the Early Morn Group late last year being cared for in that way. Both of the cultivars (Edge of Darkness and Episcia Cleopatra) are featured in gallery above.
Here are a few photos of the Championship Table and winners from our very successful 2017 Annual May Show. Click on photos below to view the name of the plant, the winner and enlarge each one.
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.
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.
Our Next General Monthly Meeting is on Saturday 15th July 2017. Starts at 12 noon, Manning Activity Centre, 3 Downey Drive, Manning. We are looking for nominations for the new Committee to be elected in August. The new Constitution requires financial members to nominate by this July Meeting.
Email below or call 0407702879 for any enquiries about African violets or Gesneriad availability, queries about African violets in general or other related topics in the Perth area.
For membership enquiries (08 94174117) would love people to join and share with us once a month. The membership renewal has started from July 1 however, a pro-rata system is applied to the date you join.
We also do presentations to other clubs in the Perth and outer districts (need at least 2 weeks notice) about African violets and or Gesneriads, the varieties, how to care for them and demonstrations. Just call or email.
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.
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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.
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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 in the second half of last year.
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.
The Management Team lead by Glenda at this Shopping Centre is first Class and so very helpful to the Society when our Annual May Show comes around each year. It is also a lovely place to shop in the southern suburbs of Perth and has a great choice of places to shop within. Thank you for your help each year leading up to the Mother's Day weekend each year as it is our most important day of the year.
Garden City Plastics have moved to: Facility 4, 271 Berkshire Road Forrestfield, and is our source for all our pots used with African violets. They generously donate some of printing costs. The staff there are so friendly and provide prompt service. There is a great variety options with some trendy pots and patterns.
RICHGRO in Acourt Road, Jandakot provides us our Patron (since 2009) who helps in so many ways throughout each year. Geoff Richards is such a nice, generous and supportive bloke who always attends our main functions during the year. Geoff supports many gardening groups and his company's products are known for their quality right across Australia and internationally. Always improving with technology and techniques. They celebrated their 100th year in 2016. The new environmental 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. Welcome to our newest members.