All About African Violets – Episode 3.044 – Getting Ready for Show

Welcome to my Sunroom!

Hi Everyone!  I’m happy to be back with you this week!  February was a very interesting month for me.  Two weeks ago, I quit my job.  My last day will be Tuesday and I’m very excited about whatever my next chapter will hold – I know it will definitely hold more time for me and my plants  :-) 

Tips and Treasures

Show season is upon us! 

How do we get ready for show?? 

Hopefully you’ve been practicing consistent care . . .  ;-)  

The first step is to pick up a copy of Pauline Bartholomew’s book, Growing To Show: How to Grow Prize-winning African Violets.

If you have mature, show-size standards, repot them about 16 weeks out from show. 

12 weeks out from show is when things start happening.  This is when I look over my entire collection and see what I think might be a show hopeful.  I then move them onto a stand in my guest room, because that is where I have the most control over the light and temperature. 

At 12 weeks out you want to repot, groom, possibly foliar feed, and your lights should be on for 12 hours/day. So – I did that today.  And things did not go quite as planned  :-D  This is also when you want to make a calendar for yourself so you can count back from the show date and know what you you need to do when on Pauline Bartholomew’s Pre-Show Schedule.

A Look at the Stands

I know you guys just watch to see what’s going on on my stands :-D so here is a good look. Things will look very different the next time you see them . . . ;-)

Get the Bail Money Ready!

The AVSA 2020 National Convention is happening 24-31 May 2020, in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Other local events:

  • 03/06/2020 to 03/07/2020, Central Florida African Violet Soc., Inc, Show and Sale, Beardall Senior Center, Orlando, FL
  • 03/06/2020 to 03/08/2020, Central California African Violet Society, Show and Sale, Fresno Fairgrounds, Fresno, CA
  • 03/07/2020 to 03/08/2020, Spring Branch African Violet Club, Annual Plant Show and Sale, Judson Robinson, Jr. Community Center, Houston, Texas
  • 03/14/2020 to 03/15/2020, Rocky Mountain African Violet Council, Show & Sale, Tagawa Gardens, Centennial, Colorado

Please check the AVSA Events page for current and coming events that might be near you. And, remember to:

Keep Moving Forward

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