Are you an African Violet lover?? I sure am.
I had nice beautiful ones before Kramer, my husband, passed away. I had lots and they were all sorts of different varieties. Kramer ended up getting sick with lung cancer and while he was doctoring, I forgot about my plants. I was juggling many things and the African Violets were low on the priority list and didn’t get the attention they needed.
A few weeks after he passed, I went to my sewing room where my violets are and I was devasted. My plants looked horrible. They were dying. It was a double whammy of depressing.
I took it pretty hard. I almost threw all the plants out. I just wanted them gone and not a reminder of death. But…unlike Kramer, I could actually have a shot at nursing these plants back to life.
Even with my best efforts, I lost over half of my plants…I consider what I have left as true survivors.
Now that I’m back to moving in the right direction with the plants, I decided it might be a good time to get a couple more plants. I don’t know if I need as many as I had at one point, but it might okay to get a few more.
I went online and looked. I was having trouble finding anyone that was selling small plants. Everyone was selling leaves.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with violets, they propagate by leaf cuttings. It’s simple, take a leaf, cut it so there is only 1/2″ stem left on the leaf, and put it in soil. In a few months, little baby violet plants will grow. I’ve started MANY MANY violets in my life.
There is no guarantee that the leaf will make a plant. It does most of the time, but not always.
Each leaf was selling for $4 and they wanted $11 for shipping. The initial shipping charge is $11 but you can buy more leaves without added shipping…but each leaf is $4.
That got me thinking. I wonder if there are other blog readers out there who love African Violets and might be interested in a leaf swap.
Would anyone be interested in a leaf swap? I could mail you one of my leaves and you could mail me one of yours. I’m looking for plants that are hardy, bloom nicely, or have interesting leaves.
You can see many of my plants have variegated leaves or flowers….some have droopy flowers some stand tall and bloom. I like variety.
I’ve mailed out a leaf in the past to a blog reader and she was able to start a plant from it. When the stem is wrapped in a wet paper towel and then the whole leaf put into a ziplock bag, it can work to mail the leaves and start plants.
I could easily exchange with five people. Is anyone interested? Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are.