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Saturday, December 06, 2014

More Bloom Stem Fun, or Genetic Accident in a "Never Floris"

 The previous post was about propagating more plants using a bloom stem.

This plant's version of trying it out is unique to me, but I found a plant that did the job for itself.

This is a very quirky African violet named 'Never Floris'. It never blooms, the buds form and stay that way permanently.
 The first picture shows one of these stems which are quite long. The tweezers is pointing it out for you. The buds apparently didn't form but it made it's own "baby" on the top of the bloom stem.

I've pulled one off to show you how large this thing really is. It's a fully formed small plant with an incredibly long stem.

Very weird.
This shot from above shows that the main plant has 6 or more of these little plants forming the crown of the plant. The true "crown" of newly growing leaves was overcome or shaded out and is now dead. This is what is left.

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Monday, November 17, 2014

How to propagate by using a bloom stem

 So.... You may have heard that you can propagate an African violet by using a bloom stem.

Sometimes this is important to you because certain varieties of African violets do not "come true" or reproduce the same sort of flower if you simply reproduce another plant by rooting a leaf. Chimeras are one type of plant you must either take a sucker from OR start a bloom stem if you want the flowers to have the typical two color or striped pinwheel pattern on them.
To begin, you must put the name of the plant on the pot with permanent marker. No one remembers what that little thing in the unnamed pot is a couple of months down the road. PUT IT'S NAME ON THE POT!

Here you see some bloom stems just taken off the plant with the spent flowers still attached.
 Next you see that the spent flowers are trimmed off and the broken bent stem is trimmed so there is a fresh cut on the bottom of it.

There is still a little flower bud on the lowest one.... that should be taken off too. The stem needs to use it's energy on making roots and not trying to open that flower.
The topmost stem has larger "leaves" on it. The bloom stems that work the best are the ones that have the biggest "leaves" on them because they catch the most light and photosynthesize for the stem. Some varieties of violets produce bloom stems (or peduncles) that have larger green appendages ("leaves") and some produce ones that are almost nonexistent. Now, after the stems are in the soil, you water the pot and keep the pot moist but not soaking wet. Covering with a loose Baggie or a dome keeps up humidity. Many people prefer keeping newly starting plants covered till the new "babies" are 1/2 to 1" tall.

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Bubble Gum Charm


Bubble Gum Charm Large, single, creamy light pink stars, shimmer and boast darker pink edges, that are also outlined with darker pink flecks. Flowers stand proudly above the large growing, medium green, tailored foliage.

I  am a big fan of this particular violet. It's got the greatest color combination and it lays very flat.

Also notice, the petals are fused until just near the outer edge of the flower, making a saucer shape. Not all violets are like that.

Even the flowers have the "hair" on them?

This is a fading blossom but pretty anyway. The flowers last a long time and are nicely large.

It puts on a good show!
 I can't help but love that you can see some of the pollen on the exterior of the anthers. Also you can see some of the "shimmer" or sparkle of the flower. 

I know you want one! Lyndon Lyons is one of the vendors that carries this variety.

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Friday, October 03, 2014

Show at Bachman's Tomorrow and Sunday!

It's Show Time again! The North Star African Violet Council is having their fall show at Bachman's Garden Center on Lyndale in the Heritage Room!
That's in Minneapolis on 60th and Lyndale Ave.

Loooookie loo at the pretty plants!
 We've got lots of pretty violets to see and for sale.

Come on down and visit. The store is also having their Gathering of Friends Antique sale too. Something for everyone!
 A couple of pretty plants here. This is a chimera and edged. Wow.
 I must have liked chimeras today. But another pinwheel with an edge. Nice flower for a cold and windy day.
The winner's table with the best plants, designs and gesneriads from the show.

Lots to see.

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Monday, March 10, 2014

Upcoming Shows!

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!

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Friday, October 04, 2013

Fall Show

The North Star African Violet Council is having their annual fall show and plant sale at Bachman's on Lyndale, Minneapolis, MN on Saturday October 5, and Sunday October 6, 2013.

Hours are Saturday 9 to 5 and Sunday 11 to 4 pm.

Come and get out of the rain! Violet fun for everyone!

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

State Fair Show 2013

 It's State Fair time again!


Enjoy some pix of the African violet show in the Horticulture Building now showing Thurs. and Friday August 22-23, 2013.

 AVSA table....
 Some pretty plants!
 Streptocarpus for everyone!


 Best in Show plants!


Congratulations to all!

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Friday, January 18, 2013

African violet 'Irish Laughter', 'Splatter Kake'

 Just a quick update to tell you we're back. Between some trouble with the Google blogs and a little trouble with photos to post it's been a while. Sorry

But now! Let's have some more African violet fun!

This is 'Irish Laughter'. I've always been a big fan of the green flowers and this one has it all!
 It's got the really nicely frilled double flowers, with a wavy edge of bright green! It's also got lots of blooms even when the plant is relatively small.

My grandma was going to violet meetings in the 60's and 70's when they were just dreaming of green blooms. It was one of her biggest wishes to get a hold of one something like this.
 This one is in a pot that says 'Arctic Frost'... haha. Someone has been mixing up the labels again and I'm going to blame the cats.

Nonetheless, it's bright and pretty in the middle of a cold day in winter.
I only had two of the aging blooms of 'Splatter Kake' left but I like to think this has all the mutations anyone would ever want. The Geneva edge, the fantasy speckles, the star shaped bloom etc.

It's hybridized by Bann, a Minnesotan too! Not bad eh?

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And we do answer questions too! Thanks for the patience.

Saturday, October 06, 2012

SHOW!

Fall SHOW and sale at Bachman's on Lyndale, MPLS today from 9:00am  to 5:00 pm and Sunday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Come on down and see the really great looking violets and Gesneriads and check out the sale table! Lot's to choose from, especially the semi-minis and minis!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Commuity Education!

Well.... we've got a Gesneriad and African violet related community education class coming up in October!

This will be a grand experiment to see if we get enough interested people to have the class take place, but it's the first step to seeing if this works!

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