Last updated 26th August 2016
Garden Clubs & Societies Plant Fair
Hey come and see us on Saturday 10th September 2016 8.30am to 4pm and Sunday 11th September 2016 9am to 3pm. Held at the South Perth Community Centre, Sandgate Street (corner South Terrace), South Perth. Adults $5. Who will be there? Well us of course! Also the Cactus & Succulent Society, Gardeners' Circle WA, Geranium & Pelargonium Society WA, Heritage Roses Australia, Palm & Cycad Society, Rose Society of WA, South Eastern Orchid Society, WA Bromeliad Society, WA Chrysanthemum Society, WA Fern Society, WA Gerbera Society and Wildflower Society of WA.
Click here to see a few images from past Garden Clubs & Societies Fairs - look forward to meeting you.
At this time of the year (Winter in WA) some of the African violets stress a little and tend to grow suckers. This is a chance for you to try out the skills of extracting them where they hide near the base of the plant among the peduncles You can then pot them on as they are also called plantlets. See our Maintenance and Articles pages on these and many other related activities.
Members - The latest edition of Violet talk is available in the Members Only Page.
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. Our Secretary is always helpful with accurate advice.
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
Winter Tasks - (Margaret Taylor)
The cold months and short days of winter allow us the opportunity to tend to our African violets in the warmth.
Many varieties show an appreciation of the cooler temperatures with larger flowers and stronger colours.
Variegated leaves are more colourful once temperatures drop below 20 degrees Celsius. provided the temperatures do not go below 16 degrees Celsius on a regular basis, our violets will get over winter quite nicely.
While it is not time to be doing any radical repotting (unless you have consistent, very warm conditions) there are some problems we can watch for and keep under control.
This often occurs in winter so be diligent in removing those side shoots before they destroy the symmetry of the cultivar.
This will show up as a fine white powder in patches on leaves and flowers. It will leave damage in its wake. It is caused by damp stagnant conditions and temperature fluctuations. Some varieties seem to be more susceptible.
If an aerosol product is to be used, be careful not to spray too close to plant tissue to avoid further damage. It is best to spray early in the day preferably when temperatures are 20 C or above. Some growers like to run small fan in the growing area when mildew is prevalent. Flushing the area with fresh air will help but not if the air is cold. African violets dislike draughts.
If you have had a problem with pests such as mites and thrips over summer, this will appear to be lessened now. Do not be complacent because these pests, while not particularly interested in multiplying now, are just waiting for warmer temperatures for the green signal. It may be hard to but it will pay dividends to remove ALL flowers and buds and spray at weekly intervals for three weeks with the appropriate pesticides. Follow label instructions to the letter and do not be tempted to use a higher concentration than recommended.
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.
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?
Winter brings variations in temperature and if your African violets rely on a sunny position in your house then a window facing north (down under!) is best during this season. East or west is good too. I recently took this photo after seeking a position for a dish garden that we had in our 2016 Annual May Show. It hopefully demonstrates the selection of a suitable site in our house and we have two such windows in the same room. Be careful not to have the plants too close to the window pane because of the cold nights that can cause problems. An alternative is to put them under a lamp or fluorescent lights which help to keep them warm if you do not have central heating. Web Administrator
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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Our Society's will not have a general meeting on Saturday the 17th of September 2016. It is at an alternative location so please visit the Members Only page to see details. There is a new password and our Membership Secretary will supply it on request to all paid members.
You can join us as an e-Member for the membership fee of $10.00 which lasts the calendar year. As a e-Member and you want to know all about the workshops (information handouts) we run each month. Read the Violet Talk newsletter (published every 2 months) as well as what is happening in other states of Australia through their newsletters (published once a month). The on-line membership is also for you if you are from overseas. There is such a lot of extra material available to members, even though we try to cater on our public pages with information to help nurture and advise everyone who wants to look. If you are in the Perth Metropolitan or even from a country centre and time is of the essence you can pop into our Meeting at 12.30pm any month if the opportunity arises and have a quick look at what is available. For example; trade items such as potting mix and plants.
So please contact us by clicking right here e-Member. You can do a bank transfer, put your email address on the transfer information to Westpac BSB 036-226 Account Number 25-9626, or alternatively post a cheque to our Membership Secretary at AVS-WA PO Box 197 Como WA 6952.
What are the benefits of membership?
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Membership commences 1 July each year.
Plus $2.00 per person paid when attending our Saturday meetings including visitors and guests which is levied at the Manning Activity Centre and includes free coffee and tea.
What else do you receive - Access to the Members Only page; the Society's bi-monthly Newsletter Violet Talk; 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 there.
WA Country, Interstate or International Membership (e-Member) only $10.00 per calendar year January to December. Click here and join us.
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! 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.