All About African Violets – Episode 3.002 – It’s All About the Mix



Welcome to Episode 3.2 – It’s All About the Mix!  Today we’re going to talk about potting mix, Powdery Mildew, and some great reference books.

Welcome to my Sunroom

  • Such great questions and photos you guys have been sending in.  Please keep them coming!!
  • I will be “reimagining” a lot of the teaching segments that appeared in previous seasons.  What were your favorites?  Is there something you’d specifically like to see/learn?

. . . we really don’t have much control over how commercial companies package their mixes
Tips and Treasures

  • Potting Mix:
    • From Janice:  How do we get the manufacturers to stop adding fertilizer to potting soil and peat moss?  The full question can be found on this post.
      • We don’t have control over how commercial companies package their mixes.  The majority of African violet growers do not grow for show, and most people do seem to prefer soil and/or perlite with fertilizer already in it for their houseplants.
      • For my show plants, I use SunGro’s Sunshine Mix #1, which does contain some nutrients, but they are more incidental than anything else.
      • Joyce Stork suggests a visit to a hydroponics store where the staff is quite prepared to sell to educated discerning growers.
      • Joyce is using Sunshine Advanced Mix #4.
      • There are other mixes that are available in some big box stores – just read the labels carefully, and whatever you do, don’t repot your entire collection all at one time!
  • Books:
  • Powdery Mildew
    • The product I used is called Immunox

A Look at the Stands

  • We’re about 6 weeks out from National.
  • How to correctly pronounce “Wagga Wagga!”

Get the Bail Money Ready

It’s spring – there are a LOT of shows in the next few weeks!  More details on the following shows can be found on the AVSA website.

04/20/2018 to 04/21/2018

  • Bergen County African Violet Society, Dumont, NJ 07628
  • Memphis African Violet Society, Memphis, TN


  • Naugatonic AVS, Stratford, CT
  • Seattle African Violet Society and Puget Sound Gesneriad Society, Seattle, WA
  • Illinois African Violet Society, Bloomingdale, IL

04/21/2018 to 04/22/2018

  • Albuquerque African Violet Club, Albuquerque, NM
  • Capital District African Violet Society, Voorheesville, NY

04/27/2018 to 04/29/2018

  • The Evening African Violet Club of Des Moines Iowa, Des Moines, IA


  • Lakeshore African Violet Society of Toronto, Etobicoe, Ontario, Canada
  • Central Coast African Violet Society, Paso Robles, CA
  • Portland African Violet Club, Portland, OR

04/28/2018 to 04/29/2018

  • Tidewater African Violet Society, Norfolk, VA
  • African Violet and Gesneriad Society of Syracuse, Baldwinsville NY
  • Bay State African violet Society, Boylston, MA

05/04/2018 to 05/06/2018

  • African Violet Society of Springfield, PA, Springfield, PA

05/05/2018 to 05/06/2018

  • Columbus African Violet Society, Columbus, OH
  • Sho-Me African Violet Club, Kansas City, MO


  • Garden State African Violet Club, West Windsor, NJ

05/05/2018 to 05/06/2018

  • Oshkosh Violet Society, Oshkosh, WI

Keep Moving Forward

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