All About African Violets – Episode 3.025 – On The Ledge

Welcome to my Sunroom

Hi Everyone! 

Come on in to my sunroom!  I’m excited to bring you a special episode this week.  I’m so glad you enjoyed meeting my friend Sayeh last week.  There’s plenty to talk about, so let’s jump right in to Tips and Treasures.

Tips and Treasures

We’ve got a question today!

Laurie asked:  “What causes the crown to all of a sudden grow smaller leaves that are very tight and hard?  When this started, I was concerned about cyclamen mites. Then decided it might be a “culture break.” Now I’m concerned again about mites as it seems to happen to many of my plants. Although I have kept a few that have grown out of it.  Another thought, is I had forgotten I had read somewhere that when the soil dries out that when you water it you shouldn’t use a fertilizer until a few days later.  Thanks for any help on this.”

This brings us the reason for this special episode!  Earlier this year I was approached by UK journalist, Jane Perrone, be interviewed for her podcast, On the Ledge.  Of course I said yes, because, as you know, I can run my mouth forever about African violets  :-D 

Well, the interview aired yesterday, on her podcast episode 88.  I hope you’ll give it a listen!

For those of you not familiar with Jane or her podcast, she is a well-known UK journalist who specializes in plants and gardening. She is regularly published in The Guardian, The Financial Times, Gardens Illustrated and Garden Design Journal, and her podcast, On the Ledge, is devoted to houseplants of all kinds.

So, since I have been asked by some of you about the other plants that grow in my sunroom, I thought today would be a great day to take a look at them!

A Look at the Stands

And we’ll just go right back and take a look at what’s on the stands, shall we?

Get the Bail Money Ready

Convention Info is up on the AVSA website now!!  Dates are 26 May – June 2, 2019, in Houston, TX.  And since this is a special episode, you already heard about US shows coming up.  But I heard from Karin, a podcast viewer in Canada, with the following upcoming shows in Canada, so I thought I would share them with you today:

  • 2019/04/14, Toronto African Violet and Gesneriad Society, Annual Show & Sale
  • 2019/04/27, Lakeshore African VIolet Society of Toronto, Annual Show & Sale
  • 2019/04/27 & 28 Société des Saintpaulia de Montréal, Annual Exhibition
  • 2019/05/04 & 05, First Halifax African Violet Society, Exhibition and Sale
  • 2019/05/11, Toronto African Violet and Gesneriad Society, Spring Sale

Please check the AVSA Events page for current and coming events that might be near you.

Keep Moving Forward

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