Growing Spaces – Nate Cave


The Growing Space of Nate Cave


Q Where in the world do you grow your plants?
~ Lockport, NY

Q How Large is your collection?
~ I honestly have lost count :/

Is there one AV that you are seeking above all others? ~  I think I’m pretty content right now.  I (along with so many others) would love to get my little paws on Commodore.  If I thought about it long enough, I’m sure I could come up with a list for you!
Q Do you have a favorite type of African Violet?
~ I love vintage plants, anything from Eyerdom, and species.  I want to collect and save as many as I can.

Q How long have you been growing African Violets?
~ My whole life, I started with my Grandma when I was little, and took all of her plants in 2008 when she passed away.  I lost a lot of them, but still have two.  I used the two to breed my own seedlings, they’re very special to me.  I’ve really gotten in to the hobby over the past few years, though.

Q Where do you grow your African Violets?
~ I have a few in the kitchen, mostly my species plants.  I like to keep them separate from my others just in case of an ‘issue’, and most of them are in the closet in the spare bedroom.  A few more are in the front window of the master bedroom, and I have some in temporary housing that are not meant to be with me for much longer.


Q What type of light do your African Violets receive?
~ My main plant stand has LED lights on it, and a few are under fluorescent tubes.  The ones in the bedroom only receive natural light.

Q How many hour a day do your plants receive light?
~ Generally 12 hours, but we’re stepping up to get ready for convention right now :)


Q What type of water do you use?
~ I use our tap water, I’ve always had good luck with it.  I don’t know what I’ll do if the water isn’t good when we build our house and move in a few years!

Q What type of fertilizer do you use?
~ I’ve been using Jacks Classic 20-20-20 for quite a while now.

Q What watering methods do you use?
~ Almost all of my plants are on wicks.  I have a few species that I’ve found don’t take well to it, no matter how much perlite I cram in the soil, and a few straggling plants that I still bottom water every Monday.  (Or try to, anyway!)


Q What are the temperatures like where you grow?
~ It’s generally 68-72 in the house in the Winter, and in the Summer it might get up to the mid 80s in here.

Q What is the humidity of your plant area?
~ We’re around 50% in the Winter with the furnace going, and it gets very humid around here in the Summer months.


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