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    abeyl
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    My African Violets came yesterday and they are all in pots. I ordered 4 plugs and some leaves. I always look for something to grow in the winter. I’m excited, wish me luck.  Abey

     

     

     


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    Ga Girls Flowers
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    I have never had any luck with African Violets…..Good Luck to you….My Mother would have the prettiest ones and she would give me one and I took them home…..down hill from there…they all died on me…not the right light I guess….she had a bay window that got the morning sunlight so I guess that is what they needed.


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    Kathy
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    Very pretty Abey!

    I would try them too but I always have so many things to bring in to overwinter that I wouldn’t have any room for them. I am wondering where I am going to put all I have to bring in this winter, lol.


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    Gayle
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    Very pretty Abey.  I’m sure you’ll do just fine with them.

    I hare finally managed to get them to grow & bloom reliably.  (I now have 2)  And yes Janet, I think it is a matter of finding just the  right spot.  I tried them everywhere .  Got one last yr & put it in the kitchen window over the sink which faces north.  The first one did so well that I bought another one recently & that one is doing well also.

    Does anybody know if you can transplant them into bigger pots while they are blooming or better to wait till they are at rest?


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    tealbirdIA_Z4
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    Any time. A friend pours the last of cold coffee in hers and says they bloom better. Haven’t been drinking much tea, but I think it helps.

    Those are beautiful blooms. Mine are all plain. Guess I have a dark one edged in white. Hasn’t bloomed for a while – so maybe I sold them all.

    But I have several that aren’t blooming. I have had luck in my kitchen window to the west. I have Vanition blinds – so they don’t get too much hot summer sun.  But they get lots of light.

    My sister grew so many in HS and she had them in east window – lots of sun.

    Either over water or under- watering can kill them.  I think it is whether you look at them most every day that makes the difference.

    But those who think – oh, have I watered in a while and dump too much on them. they need bottom drainage – or a careful watering routine.

    Time to think about bringing some of them in. Did sell about 5 sets last Thur – produce in the park.

    Will take some different ones and reduce the price.

    Got the machine finished today. Age is getting to me. Hard to get it all done in one sitting.  This did more, more lint and ben’t lever on BH.  Had her watch while I took the bottom off. So full of lint. Helps them realize that blowing is bad – unless you have removed the bottom.

    Both machines had much lint packed in the feed dogs. Lint is same color so it doesn’t show and you need to know – to look for it.

    Lint-itous is a very bad sewing machine ailment.

    Have had real packers come in. In 2 cases neew ones – med price and quilters, The lint lifted the plate or lowered feed so It couldn’t feed it thru.

    Love to service machines. But energy and brain hard to keep going.  Life had been good. Alma


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    plantdoctorzn4
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    Abey….those are very pretty AV!  I am sure you will have fun with them all winter, and probably for years to come.  My Mom grew very beautiful AV….she had them in north or east windows…..and she fertilized them with fish emulsion….how well I remember the stink on fertilizing day….lol.  Charlene


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    Hiker07_IL_5
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    Where did you buy your violets from? Years ago I had lots and sent for starts from an elderly lady but now I’m down to just one and I’m surprised it’s still alive! First I let it dry out to much and then over watered it but got it back to good health. Would you believe it’s on a little shelf above my kitchen sink? LOL


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    abeyl
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    I ordered them from two different people on eBay. The plugs came from Canada and the leaves came from Florida. Alma I think you may be right. My youngest daughter ask me last year, Mother do you think your plants know you talk to them LOL. I said I don’t know but I think there is a connection, I just feel it. When I go around looking at my plants I think Oh you are so beautiful! I have them in an East window. Years ago I grew them in a North window, but I don’t have a North window here. As I said before my niece ask if I would baby sit her violets last year when they went on vacation and I learned I could grow them in that window. They were gone all summer. I had been wanting to try to grow them again. Last fall my granddaughter from Ft Worth was here and she came through the dining room dragging a plant stand that was in a back bedroom and said Gram here is you a plant stand. That was the stand I was gonna use. It has a place for 9 plants, just what I needed. Abey


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    Hiker07_IL_5
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    Thanks!

     


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    margba
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    I have always loved them but havent had any in yrs!  You are inspiring me to get a couple of them!  I usually have good luck w/ them!  Just get any brand of african violet plant food even one of those jobe plant sticks for the african violets.  Another trick is not to over water, and when watering, try hard not to get the leaves wet!  They are easy to start new ones from cuttings.


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    Hiker07_IL_5
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    I use to love to start them from leaves that I would send for. Our stores will have them now and then but they don’t have a big variety. My problem is that I have a lot of houseplants and not enough space with light.


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    Donna
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    Very pretty Abey.


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