Last updated 17th January 2017
It has been very hot in quite a few places around Australia and very wet in Queensland. Western Australia is no exception and we are dealing with the dry heat that is experienced in our huge State. The great news is that African violets do stand up to it and we have been keeping 20 or 30 on the back patio to gauge how they handle the conditions. Will make a report in the next week providing photos as well. Remember we can provide help its just an email away if you can't find what you need in the various pages of the website.
Streptocarpus 'Crikey' - Fibrous Rooted
GENERAL GROOMING – Grooming of African violets can be a continuous process. Maintain grooming with this suggested sequence:
You are going on holiday for two weeks. What should you do so that your African violets survive?
Multiple Choice. Choose the best answer:
1. Ask a friend or neighbour to come in and water. Keep conditions as usual. You may adjust the temperature controls in the house to save energy but stay within 5 degrees of 20° C.
2. Water as usual the day before you leave. Remove all of the stems (peduncles) with open flowers. Adjust the temperature controls in the house to save energy but stay within3° of 20° C. Close the blinds and/or turn off the growing lights.
3. Water violets extra heavily. Cross your fingers.
The worst answer is number 3. Surviving without you for two weeks or more takes planning. Too much water and your plants may be rotting by the time you reach home.
Number 1 might work, if you have someone truly dependable. But I'd be rich if I had a dollar for every person who has told me that their violets got forgotten or overwatered while they were gone.
Number 2 is the best answer. Don't worry about watering. Reduce water usage by removing flowers. If dry air is a factor causing the violets to dry out too quickly or if you must be gone for as much as one month, enclose the plants in clear plastic bags or domes. Save energy by limiting light and adjusting temperatures. If heat is a major issue, put the violets on the lowest level possible (often that's the floor) where it will be cooler. Then leave with confidence that your violets will survive in good health.
Enjoy your trip!
Our Society's next general meeting on Saturday the 18th of February 2017. You are so very welcome as a visitor. The Committee ofManagement next meets on the 11th February 2017.
Our Annual May Show is scheduled for the Mothers Day weekend and is open to everyone for the State Championship sashes in African Violets and Gesneriads. If you are interested in details, let click on either the President's or Secretary's email links.
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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Hi Members, Members Only Page has been updated information for you, so please have a look.
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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!
There is admission 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 and includes free coffee, tea and biscuits.
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.
WA Country, Interstate or International Membership (e-Member) only $10.00 per calendar year January to December. Click here and join us.
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.
Chimera 'The Alps'
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.
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.
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 have moved to 1/271 Berkshire Road Forrestfield, and 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 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.
Chimera - Tineke