Grower: Dogwood Valley Greenhouse
Price: $10.00 ( Each plant in 5" pot)
%> Available (Exact): 1
This plant is at least 6" diameter, much larger than the photo, and covered with buds and blooms. Semi-double to double white frilled star with mauve-pink edge. Dark green, serrated leaves with red back. Standard. Culture of African violets is specific but not difficult. The main concerns are listed here: SOIL – Pot into a mix of equal parts of peat moss, vermiculite and perlite. "Violet" soils are not necessarily good for violets! Go by the ingredients, not the label! A bag of good soil should feel like a nice, fluffy, soft, pillow. Repot to freshen soil about every 6 months, but do not use larger than a 5 inch pot, and avoid deep pots. WATER – Use lukewarm water when soil feels dry to the touch. Water at the base without splashing, to avoid spotting foliage. LIGHT – Adequate light is important for good growth and bloom. Try to provide bright light, but not hot sun, for 8 hours each day (supplement if necessary). Turn pots regularly to keep flowers from reaching for the light. Or, place a two-tube fixture about 12-18" above plants for 12-13 hours a day. Under fluorescent light, plants may bloom continuously. FERTILIZER – A "balanced" formula is best, such as 15-15-15. Avoid "bloom boosters." Mix at one-quarter strength and use at every watering. Reduced flowering and paler leaf color indicate too little fertilizer. Pinch spent blooms to encourage the development of more flowers. TEMPERATURE - Generally violets prefer between 60-80 degrees, although they will tolerate somewhat out of this range. They like moderate humidity too. If you are comfortable, so are they. GROOMING - Do not allow extra crowns, or "suckers" to form. This will spoil that natural, flat, round appearance, and prevent it from blooming to its full potential. Most violets look and bloom best with about 3 to 4 rows of leaves.