Growing Spaces – MrsJohnMT



The Growing Space of MrsJohnMT – Harlem, Montana


Q Where in the world do you grow your plants?
~ Harlem, Montana

Q How Large is your collection?
~ 60 varieties

Do you have a favorite type of African Violet? ~Standard single pansy.
Q Is there one AV that you are seeking above all others? ~ Fantaisie Florale (Crouteau), and Uncle Cassie (Bell)  Both from Canadian hybridizers

Q How long have you been growing African Violets?
~ Since 1984

Q Where do you grow your African Violets?
~ Living Room and Bathroom


Q What type of light do your African Violets receive?
~ Fluorescent and window

Q How many hour a day do your plants receive light?
~ 12


Q What type of water do you use?
~ Bottled with rainwater if I have it

Q What type of fertilizer do you use?
~ GrowMore Orchid Urea Free

Q What watering methods do you use?
~ Bottom watering in bowl or with reservoir


Q What are the temperatures like where you grow?
~ Evenings in winter can be below 65 F, with days up to 75 F if the woodstove is on.  Summers are more even since we use an AC.

Q What is the humidity of your plant area?
~ Approx. 35 %

Q Any additional information you would like in the posting?
~ The ‘violet corner’ with the computer is my current growing area, together with several windowsills.  The second photo is of a temporary area created by hanging a shop light fixture between two wire plant stands.  Fluorescent light is more consistent so I can ‘schedule’ watering and repotting more easily.  But I want to encourage everyone to grow violets, if window light is the best or only place.  The third photo is of my young plants after moving them into our new home. They had been under a fluorescent light in our previous house, but I only had time to put them on a stand in an East window.  The photo is taken in May several months after being in the window… no blossoms, yet, but I was happy with their shape and growth.  The next photo is of the same plants, in the same arrangement, 6 weeks later.  Very nice!  The final photo is of a window years ago; all the plants were grown totally from mama leaf to bloom in the large South-facing window.  At certain times of the year, a lace curtain was needed to filter the light, and if we had a long winter with many days of no sun, my violets did not bloom as well.  This particular photo was taken in February, so we must have had a nice sunny winter!  :)

If you pay attention to how your violets are growing, you will find the perfect place for them in your house!  :)


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