Welcome! Let's talk about all things relating to the growing, showing, hybridizing and appreciation of African violets and gesneriads. And while we're at it, anything else that's interesting about plants too!
Join us at the next meeting of the NSAVC Twin City club! Fun and educational.... good snacks too!
Just a little bloom to help you THINK SPRING! There are two upcoming shows in the Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota area in about a month! The AVSM show April 11-12, 2014 at the Har Mar Mall. Look for us at a new location down toward Staples! The Twin Cities Gesneriad Society show is also coming up on April 26-27, 2014 at the Bachman's on Lyndale in the Heritage room. Plants, plants, plants..... Join us at both shows and then prepare yourselves for the National Orchid Society show which will be hosted in the Twin Cities this year the weekend after the Gesneriad show! It's a great spring for plant lovers! Questions??? Comments???
The North Star African Violet Council and all the violet folks in Minnesota would like to extend their most enthusiastic CONGRATULATIONS to Kathy Lahti for winning BEST IN SHOW at the AVSA Annual Convention 2012!!!!
Kathy won with African violet 'Eternal Orbit'.
Not only are Kathy's plants excellently grown but I'm always amazed that you can travel for hundreds of miles with a plant like this that is so perfect and get it to the show looking like this!
Saw this the other day and I was chuckling. I've heard over and over you don't want the parent leaf to use all of its energy growing, you want it to use the time to make roots and babies.
This leaf started out as a normal size leaf less than three inches across. It's petiole was also a normal size roughly 1/8 inch is diameter. It got stuck into a solo cup and tucked into the back of a prop box.
It came out of the prop box because it was overtaking it's neighbors!!!! I think it was trying to eat them or something.
It's over 7 inches across the leaf and the petiole is over a half inch in diameter. Wow. Now we'll see if it starts to put up some babies. Maybe they will be mutant extra large or something!
Now here's something you don't see everyday on your average Streptocarpus! It's got a stem. Streptocarpus usually do not have stems that are visible above the ground and are referred to as 'acaulescent'.
Here we've got the little stem with leaves planted in a Solo cup with some soil mix. Let's hope it roots and we can see what becomes of this rather interesting offshoot.