Growing Spaces – Karin



The Growing Space of Karin – Toronto, ON


Q Where in the world do you grow your plants?
~ Toronto, ON

Q How Large is your collection?
~ About 40-50 “permanent” plants, and upwards of 500 seedlings and starters for club sales.

Do you have a favorite type of African Violet? ~Trailers.
Q Is there one AV that you are seeking above all others? ~ LE Leila, but i have plenty, so any time in the next 10 years is soon enough ;)

Q How long have you been growing African Violets?
~ About 5 years

Q Where do you grow your African Violets?
~ Office, Kitchen, Basement


Q What type of light do your African Violets receive?
~ T12 or Natural (NW windows)

Q How many hour a day do your plants receive light?
~ 10–12h


Q What type of water do you use?
~ Tap, ph adjusted with vinegar, lemon juice or PH down (whatever is on hand).

Q What type of fertilizer do you use?
~ House Plant 15-15-15, 1/4 tsp per 20L bucket of water

Q What watering methods do you use?
~ A combination of top and wick/mat watering. I top water until the reservoirs are full. starters are in trays on mats.


Q What are the temperatures like where you grow?
~ 22-25°C, basement can go down to 15°C in Winter

Q What is the humidity of your plant area?
~ Variable. Currently 44%

Q Any additional information you would like in the posting?
~ My main collection is in my (home) office, the basement is where i isolate new and “iffy” plants – though it has been invaded by seedlings… The bottom two ballasts are not working properly anymore, so i will be converting those fixtures to LED within the next few weeks.

I mainly collect trailers now, but also keep some rosette type plants that i enjoy or would like to use in hybridizing – i try to focus on Canadian hybrids, Imp’s, Morgan’s etc, but a few Shril’s and Rob’s have snuck in as well as a few lesser known plants…

I’m not at a point where any of my seedlings are ready to be named & released yet, but i enjoy the process, the “box of chocolates” – where you never quite know what you’ll get. They also grow and bloom better for me than most purchased varieties (natural selection for my environment i suppose, definitely not actually being “better” than the others).

Some of my plants are growing in 3D printed oyama-style planters, and they’re doing really well. But mostly i’ve got them in standard pots wicked above plastic cups or sour cream containers…


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