My African Violets

My African Violets are looking just awesome right now.  I thought I’d take some pictures and show them off.

This is my favorite by far.  A little over a year ago Kayla bought this for me at the Camp Courageous Garage Sale in Manchester, Iowa.  It’s really a thrift store and only open spring through fall.  When she brought it to me I had little hope for it.  It was in a Styrofoam cup with regular dirt and little rough looking from lack of water.  I transplanted it within a day and hoped for the best.

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The picture doesn’t do this beauty justice at all.  It is so lush and full!!

Well it went from yuck to WOW really fast.  It blooms really often and the leaves on this are absolutely amazing.  There and many leaves and they blooms form under and the leaves and are so full that they push the leaves up.  It’s gorgeous.

I like variegated African Violets too.  Last year when I ordered a few online I was hopeful that these would make it and they have done marvelous.  This one in my kitchen window is ready to bloom for the first time.

This pretty purple one is blooming now.  It only has a simple single purple flower.

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When I used to buy violets I based my purchases on the bloom color or fullness.  I don’t do that anymore.  Yes I consider that but most important to me is the organization of leaves and how the leaves look….after all, the plants aren’t blooming ALL the time but they do have leaves all the time.

This is another variegated one…purple too.  The bloom is a little prettier but I don’t like the organization of the leaves as well.
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This one was gorgeous but had a little set back in the last repotting episode.  It is coming back though.  I can’t remember the color this one blooms.  I guess I’ll have to wait and be surprised all over again.

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This next one is just getting ready to bloom.  It’s the first time it’s blooming for me.

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All of the variegated violets that I’ve shown came from ebay last year at this time.  Kayla and I had ordered some together for a treat for me for Mother’s Day.  They are doing so good.  Most have bloomed a couple times already.

As nice as those more expensive ones are, don’t underestimate the beauty of a Wal-Mart African Violet.  This one is from Wal-Mart.

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This one Kelli got me last year for Mother’s Day.  There were actually two plants in one pot.  I split them and have two exactly the same and both are blooming now.

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All of my plants are only a year or year and a half old.  They will fill out and be looking better each season.

The baby violets in the my kitchen window are doing really good.  Hubby and I couldn’t be more impressed with how they took off once we put the plants in the window.

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Oh…I’m propagating violets too.  See the little sprouts coming at the base of the leaf on the right?  That’s baby violets.

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I already have this whole plate of leaves that were propagated and need to get moved into their own little containers.  These are all from the first plant I showed that I love.

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I so adore violets.  I really don’t have room for them all but I’ll still be picking up a new plant from time to time.

People always ask what I do for lighting.  Typically east and west window are best but I have limit windows that face that direction.  I do have more south windows.  My south windows have the shade of the neighbor’s tree so I think that makes the south sunlight more tolerable.

I will admit that last time I wrote about African Violets a blog reader sent a link to a place called The Violet Barn.  I’ve been over there looking a time or two.  I’d like to find a Violet that is reddish.  I’m just afraid that once I click to buy one, I’ll suddenly have seven in the cart!!

 

 

 

 

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8 thoughts on “My African Violets

  1. Kim LeMere

    Wow, you have a wonderful variety and I did not know there were so many varieties. I hope you find a red one :)

  2. Chris

    Beautiful violets! Do you use fertilizer and what kind do you use? I have had violets for many years but they are not as full and lush as yours. You must have a green thumb.

  3. Susan K

    Your violets are beautiful! I’ve never been able to grow them but I’m pretty successful with aloe vera plants. Last year I had 75 to keep through the winter. This spring I’ve separated plants and have at least doubled that. I’m trying to sell the little ones off to pay for more pots and dirt.

  4. Pauline

    I have several “Walmart” African Violets. The only thing I do special is put them in the pots that have an inner pot that lifts out. I put mine in my kitchen bumped out window over the sink which faces north. The violets are so full and bloom like crazy! They don’t know they are supposed to be babied and should be in a east or west window. Tee hee. Everyone wants to know what I do to make them look so good. I just tell them plant them in the pots with a inner pot, fill the pot with water and ignore them. I think the real reason they are growing so well is the humidity from the sink area.

  5. Nell

    Will there be baby African Violets for sale at the retreat? Maybe with some of hubby’s wooden boxes??? HINT, HINT!

  6. Janis McNaughton

    I live in a small town in northern Ontario and I’m happy to say that I have a red, well actually more burgandy one . I only have 4 different plants but am always looking for ones that are a little unusual! Wether it be different leaves or blooms. Happy violeting! Love your plants.

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