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African Violets

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One of the best known and recognized of all the common houseplants, African Violets are grown in the windowsills of many kitchens. Questions here include topics such as lighting, watering, proper soil, fertilizing, popularity, and propagation, as well as showing African Violets as a hobby, how to get started and finding shows.
The seeds from an African violet are light tan to a light brownish color, very tiny, much smaller than the top of a sewing pin head.
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African violets grow as a single crowned and or trailing species. Small plantlet can be grown from a leaf if the leaf is planted in a soil less mixture. African violets are fairly easy to grow. Plants are grown in pots from 2 to 6 inches, depending on their classification; miniature, semiminiature, …
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The root system of an African violet Houseplant are fine, tan colored. Wild violets that grow outside have a little different root system, are a little thicker and hardier for outside weather conditions.
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Here are the parts of an African violet plant 1. The flower blossoms contain the reproductive parts of a plant. 1a. The two small yellow sacs in the center of the blossom are called anthers. They contain a fine powdery pollen. The pistil is the female part of the plant. It's sticky end collect…
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Each variety has it's own genetic make up and will a different color. Pinks, purples,whites,red,blues,fantasy (light pink with purple splashes) and lots of colors in between.
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African violets are located and originally came from Africa. You can purchase these online or in nuserys where they are also located at.
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Some people swear by putting coffee grownds around their plants.
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They represent your love for one another.
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African violets do not taste like grapes. I don't think they would be good for us to eat, although they are not poisonous unless you ate an abundance of them.
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These can be found online by typing in your browser, African violet self watering pots. These are available in ceramic, or plastic, many of our hardware stores or nurseries carry them also.
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An African violet likes moist soil with no direct sun and plenty of fertilizer. When watering, blot off any access water on plant. Keep your African violet in a room between 62˚F and 72˚F. Fertilize everytime you water. Violets need at least six to eight hours of daylight a day.
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Africa Originally African came from Tanzania Africa. The proper name for them is Saintpaulia. Seeds came from Germany. Armacost & Royston Greenhouse in Los Angeles grew them in the 1940's - 1970's approximately and was the first large greenhouse to grow them.
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An African violet is a one crowned plant that produces beautiful flowers at around 6 months. An array of colors from yellow, pink,blue-purple, red, rose and much more. There are also trailing types of African violets.
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Yes, violets can produce seeds.
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African violets do not like direct sunlight because the leaves will be burned and unsightly spots will appear. They do need good light from the north or east window. They require 8 to 10 hours a day to bloom well. Give enough water to keep violets moist (not soaking wet) all the time.
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Mites, thrips if you get a bad infestation. My cats have been known to take a bite once in awhile.
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Yes, fire can change lots of different colors please refer to the web site I have listed below.
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Yes, I have new info that Epsom Salt can be beneficial for African violets, in moderation. Please follow the directions on the Epsom Salt container.
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Chimeras survive by producing suckers which usually have the same genetic make up but sometimes they sport which means their offrings looks different from the original plant. These are easy and strong growers.
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there are three type of rose
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The scientific name for African violets is Saintpaulia.
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African violets can be grown from; seeds, by putting down a leaf along with 1/2 inch of stem, or by re-rooting the whole crown (center area where the new leaves grow from) cut off main stem at soil line, remove enough leaves (pop stem and leaf off at the main stem) so there are three rows of leaves …
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The center of the plant (crown) is where the new growth appears, if plant is in darkness it will cease to produce more leaves and they won't bloom. Also, plant will eventually have a faded color verses green and vibrant.
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African violets are originally from Africa where it is very tropical. Therefore, they need constant moisture but not sitting directly in water all the time or they may rot. Don't let your violet every become bone dry, water again when plant starts to become a little dry on top of the soil. Provide …
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It likes moist soil with no direct sun shinning on them. When watering, do not get any water on its leaves although if you blot it off no damage will occur. If you have a pet then keep the plant away from the pet as best you can. Keep your African violet in a room between 62˚F and 72˚F. African vi…
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South Africa. Originally African came from Tanzania Africa. The proper name for them is Saintpaulia. Seeds came from Germany. Armacost & Royston Greenhouse in Los Angeles grew them in the 1940's - 1970's approximately and was the first large greenhouse to grow them.
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Now days there's a rainbow of colors and varieties; Purple, light purple to blue, all shades of pink, including fantasy (darker speckles on flowers) there are even yellow flowers now, white, pink and white, purple and white, very dark purple/black almost.
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This depends on the variety, amount of light, fertilizer, and the plant it receives. Some African violet plants bloom every month and hold their blooms for long periods of time before it whithers and dies which is refered to as a sticktite blossom. Other varieties only bloom two times a year.
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African violets require eight to 12 hours of light a day for them to bloom and grow healthy. They do not like direct sunlight, this will cause burned leaves. Place your violets in a north or east window sill. You can use inexpensive fluorescent lighting for instance; shop lights with two 40 watt bul…
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You can create humidity around your violets by placing pebbles in the plants saucers and sitting plants on top, keep filled with water to just enough so that plant pots are not sitting in the water. You don't want your plant to become water logged and rot. Another way is by sitting containers filled…
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No, direct sunshine on your African violet will cause the leaves to have burned spots on them. This should be avoided. Place violets in good bright indirect light such as a North window or artificial lighting such as flourescrnt bulbs.
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African violets are not poisonous to pets if they eat a little but not a daily diet. Warning; Cats love to eat African violets, maybe give your cat some cat grass so it will possibly leave your violets alone.
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These are the African violet classifications; There are: standard which include large growers 8-16 inches diameter, miniature not over 6 inches in diameter, semi miniatures not over 8 inches in diameter, trailing, there are no size limits at this time. These are recognized by the African violet asso…
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No, African violets thrive better indoors because of possibilities of insect infestation and they are sensitive to extreme weather changes. There are some outdoors violets but these are not African violets. They produce small purple blossoms, these are wild violets.
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African violets need constant fertilizing each time you water them. Good fertilizer's are Jack's, Optimara, Miracle Go. Follow the directions on the label. Usually about 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon per gallon of water or acording to size your mixing. This will give you nice foliage and beautiful flowers. Do…
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African violets benefit from having their leaves rinsed off with tepid water or the same fertilizer/water mixture, when I water my African violets they get a total shower every time I water them (the fertilizer helps the leaves stay green and helps prevent powdery mildew. Make sure you blot off the …
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Artificial lighting is excellent. Use shop lights from hardware store, the inexpensive type. Purchase the fixture 48in long. Use bulbs, one cool and one warm type. Place six to eight inches above plants, this can be accomplished by attaching fixtures under a shelf. They do make the adjustable wire t…
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Growing African violets for a hobby is a lot of fun. You can even join the African violet association www.avsa join a club near you and start showing your African violets, it's very rewarding. Also, this is a wonderful hobby for children.
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I have not found any information to say they are similar yet.
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A traditional basket of African violets costs between $50.00 and $60.00. try and Google it yourself they are really expensive. You can find African violets online and on eBay as little as .99 cents but you really need to be careful when purchasing them. Certain varieties can bring a pretty penny. An…
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African violets can reproduce asexually (or "without sex") when you take a cutting and place it in damp soil, allowing it to create a new bud. The new plant is a clone of the original plant, since it has the same genes as the original. When flowers make seeds, this is sexual reproduction that mixes …
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No, African violets are not poisonous at all. Cats might get a tummy ache from eatting too many though.
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Possibly the brown spots are caused from over-watering your violets, it's called root rot. It's hard to tell what is wrong without seeing it. Try repotting them into fresh African violet soil-less soil. Also, while you have the root ball out, check if it looks healthy. Keep plants moist allowing the…
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2 parts nitrogen, 3 parts phosphate, 2 parts potash.
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These types of African violets ane called Variegated because of their gorgeous rich leaf color from white, creams,pinks,light green,dark green, and even mosaic. Beware; variegated varieties need certain light and weather requirements to keep the variegation contrasts otherwise the leaf color revert …
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If you think you would like to grow and show African violets go to this web site to get started, please view the related link below.
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Yes, there are African violet clubs in almost every town, go to the related link below and where you can find a club near you that you can join. These clubs provide tons of information and you can learn how, when, and where to show your African violets, it's so much fun and a wonderful hobby.
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The two small yellow sacs in the center of the blossom are called anthers and they are very hard and do not usually open and scatter - disperse the seeds to self polinate although it is possible. The violet in the wild are different though.
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Each variety will usually turn out exactly the way the mother plant looked. If you plant a leaf in soil-less African violet soil for instance you will get plantlets when they bloom, the same color as the mother plant. Sometimes though, the plantlet upon maturity will sport (and flower a different co…
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African violets like a temperature between about 66 and 85, they can withstand hotter but they will need a fan blowing 24/7
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Cleaning up your violets: Repotting your African violet If your violet looks a little sad or droopy do this... Take two rows of leaves off the bottom of one of your plants by gently pulling the leaf to one side or the other until the leaf pops off and either plant them, give them to someone or…
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No. If eaten they might give a stomach ache and diarea though.
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Answer Here is an African violet miniature variety that starts with an E but not in 1854, it was hybridized in 1983 Everdina (H. Inpijn/R. Nadeau) (5566) 09/30/1983 Double lavender/violet-blue fantasy. Medium green, plain, pointed. Miniature.
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With the right conditions ,yes.
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Please take a look at this African violet site. Click on the related link below for pictures of some gorgeous African violets.
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Please go click on the related link for the informatiion you need about growing African violets.
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Use a squirt type of bottle or a container that has a pour spout.
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Basic tips for growing African violets Materials to use One Part vermiculite, medium or fine grade. One Part perlite, medium grade. One Part Canadian Peat Moss or Violet Mix of your choice. Dolomite lime use two Tablespoon per gallon of mix. Some people add, bat droppings, an…
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Propagating and Reproducing more plantsStep 1Pick an African violet plant to reproduce and wash it in warm water.Step 2Allow the plant to dry thoroughly in a warm spot away from direct sunlight.Step 3Select a leaf on the plant that is in good condition.Step 4Inspect the leaf for insect activity by t…
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African penguins grow to 68-70 cm (26.7-27.5 in) tall and weigh between 2 and 5 kg (4.4 and 11 lb).
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Yes, it is a quite beautiful flower.
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Here are the violet sizes: I copied from my ebook I wrote. These are types of African violets recognized by the AVSA if you are going to show your violets: Miniatures - Single crowned plant with small leaves. Plant cannot measure over 6 inch in diameter. There are also micro miniatures th…
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Fine in texture and light tan in color and they like to grow shallow.
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It wasn't invented. It's a natural process that was discovered in heavier elements.
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There are many different types of fungus: Powdery mildew which is found on the leaves and show up as powdery moist residue. Treat by misting with Neem oil either the 100% type or Neem ll by Greenlight brand from a hardware store. Another type of fungus is the kind that grows on top of the soil a whi…
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Usually five, put there are varieties with four (star) and now there are some new varieties with NO flowers at all only the reproduction parts.
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African violets thrive inside with temperatures between 68 and 85 but can survive hotter temps if there is a fan blowing or air conditioning, please note: they cannot survive direct sun they will burn up.
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To put it simply a violet looks like a purplish blue color with square, triangle shaped leaves.
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African violets can be grown all year round in the house using flourescent lights or a North window.
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Yes, please look at the related link from another similar question. You separate them the same way.
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An African violet has five petals.
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It looks like a tiny baby green apple, with a long green stem. I'd also compare it to a small green bell pepper looking thing. Its hard to describe, if i were u I'd simply go-ogle search it and hit images.
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In this web site you can find both fruit , seed and seed pots of African violet. See related link below.
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No, I really don't think they are poisonous to birds, my cat ate some one time and he was fine.
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The African violet is one of the easiest houseplants to keep. They are not a plant that likes or can stand much direct sunlight so they do best in a north or east window. If placed in direct sunlight your plant dries out too fast. It is best to keep them moist but not wet and always water from the b…
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The African violet's botanical name is Saintpaulia and it originated from Africa where it is very tropical. African violets grow as single stemmed multiple stemmed plants. Some trailing varities trail over the pot. Flowers come in an array of colors of: yellow, peach, rose, pink, fushia, purple, plu…
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No, African violets do not need UV lighting to grow. Flourescent lighting comes in several different sizes for convenience. I used the regular shop light fixtures $8.00 or so from the hardware store and use the bulbs to fit. If possible use one cool and one warm bulb, they are about four feet long. …
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African violets do not like direct sunlight because the leaves will be burned and unsightly spots will appear. They do need good light from the north or east window. They require 8 to 10 hours a day to bloom well. You can also grow violets using flourescent lighting. Give enough water to keep violet…
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They would be called Horticulturist.
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Yes, if you place a couple of leaves with stem of about two inches in a glass of water it will root. But if you leave it there to grow for a long time it won't be very strong. The leaf will grow much nicer if you plant them in some African violet soil less mix and place them in a zip lock bagy for s…
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Yes, frost will kill African violets. African violets should be grown indoors or in a protected environment. They can not survive direct sunlight, frost, or elements outside like extreme weather and pests. Wild violets will survive outside. There are some varieties in hardware or nursury areas.
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If your asking about African violets they can be found in some plant nursuries or in your local hardware store. They can be found online also. African violets are sold pretty much all over the world. I have shipped to different countries when I had my business.
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It was discovered by Baron Walter Von Saint-Paul in 1892 and, upon its introduction in Europe, was baptized Saintpaulia ionantha. The genus Saintpaulia was named after its discoverer and the species name, ionantha, is Greek, meaning "having flowers like the violet's".From that point on, the common n…
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From seed it takes about 7 to 9 months until it flowers.
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It is possible but they don't grow well in the water, this is because violets need soil for their nutrients so they will grow beautiful and strong. Violet roots needaeration that they receive from growing in African violet soil. I did try growing some in water a few times but they were spindly. It's…
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Young plants are called plantlets. You can cut a leaf with a 1 1/2 in stem left on and plant it in some African violet soil. In six weeks you will have tiny plantlets.I mean: The young of the African Violet grows from the parent's ______________. please answer this question !
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No, African violets are not endangered, many hobbyists grow them and show them. However, most of the African violets grown by hobbyists are hybrids. On another hand, some subspecies of the Saintpaulia species (the African violets as they were discovered in the nature) are endangered.
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Please view the related link below by clicking on the link. There are many gorgeous African violet varieties.
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African violets have very fine roots and they are sensitive to overwatering. Allow the soil to dry between each watering. When the soil is dry to the touch, it is time to water.
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To produce seeds, the African violet must be pollinated, either by itself (rarely happens), by insects (happens sometimes) or by human intervention. African violets have both male and female attributes so they can be "self-crossed" or pollinated with pollen of any other African violet. When pollin…
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Yes, I believe they do, they are one of God's many gifts to us. They give off oxygen also for us.
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Yes, there are some varieties with this type of leaf. See related web sites.
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All you can do is cut off the worst looking leaves, the good thing is new leaves will grow back in a month or so.
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Violets don't like direct sunlight, they will receive burnt patches. Keep violets damp to a little on the dry side (not bone dry though)
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It is dispersed by wind as it has a wing-like structure
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No, violets will survive in low light but they will not have lush green leaves and will not flower.
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African violets are male and female flowers. They have pistils (the female part) and stamen (the male part)
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The colour came first,  violet is one of the oldest colours known to man and the history can be traced back over 25,000 years. Variations were produced from grinding manganese and mixing it with water or animal fat. Also blackberries were a common source of dye sometimes mixing with mulberries …
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