Growing Spaces – Joseph

 

 

4-shelf rack with warm and cool LED light strips in Joseph's Growing Space in Australia

Joseph’s Growing Space in Australia

 

The Growing Space of Joseph – Crystal Brook, South Australia

THE GROWING SPACE

Q Where in the world do you grow your plants?
~ Crystal Brook, South Australia

Q How Large is your collection?
~ Not big enough ;) about 200 pots and about 90 or so varieties plus seedlings.

Do you have a favorite type of African Violet? ~ I am a standard lover, but that wasn’t always the case! I try to grow and hybridize quality plants that shape up for show and behave for their owners.
Q Is there one AV that you are seeking above all others?
~ YES! Buckeye Seductress.

Q How long have you been growing African Violets?
~ Successfully?? for about 5 years. I tried when I was younger, but I murdered them!!

Q Where do you grow your African Violets?
~ In my studio (craft room / atelier), its attatched to my bedroom.

LIGHTING

Q What type of light do your African Violets receive?
~ LED light, no natural light.

Q How many hour a day do your plants receive light?
~ 8–10, depending on variety, age and cultural preferences.

WATERING

Q What type of water do you use?
~ Rainwater that is filtered with an RO filter.

Q What type of fertilizer do you use?
~ I use an orchid fertilizer (Campbells orchid) 11-13-16 + Trace elements. And Calimag to buffer the RO water and add back calcium and magnesium that the filter removes. I use 1/8 teaspoon to 5 litres for wick watering, and 1/4 teaspoon to 5 litres for manual watering.

Q What watering methods do you use?
~ I use Wick most often, but seedlings and baby plants are mat watered, just for the sake of better moisture control.

AIR

Q What are the temperatures like where you grow?
~ My grow room is climate controlled to the best of my ability, it stays around 23-26C year round.

Q What is the humidity of your plant area?
~ My plants generally grow in 55-75% I do suppliment humidity in winter by keeping a pot of water on the wood heater.

 

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