All About African Violets – Episode 4.03 – Stands, Sports, September . . .

Welcome to my Sunroom

Welcome to my Sunroom, you guys!!!  What a summer it’s been.  I’ve been wanting to be back with you now since I tried to come back in May, but time was not on my side.  And I traveled this summer for the first time since the pandemic started.  I was away for 3 weeks!

Tips and Treasures

As summer has been winding down, I’ve spent some time in the past few weeks thinking about how to move forward with the podcast.  What to talk about.  What topics to cover.  Wondering if I’m repeating myself.  But life has changed so very much in the past 18 months or so – everything is different now in COVID times.  It has changed how we interact with each other. 

It also makes me feel like now is when we really need to find ways to connect with each other again – new ways, different ways – because connection is so very important.  One thing that doesn’t change is that there are plants on my stands, so let’s go take a look!!

A Look at What’s On the Stands

You probably noticed a lot of changes since the last look back in May.  That’s because I’ve been limiting my collection . . . And seriously – East Wind has already gone to its Great Reward . . .

My original bloom stalk project was a total bust – but how about my Mandan Dandy Bloom Stalks???!!!  I’m totally excited about this project.

I want to talk a little about lighting since I was asked about my stands.  I’m an old-school grower.  T-12s.  Grolux tubes. 

Lighting guidelines from Pauline Bartholomew:

  • Leaf cuttings, plantlets, and minis should be about 6-8” below the lights.  At 10-12” below the lights, plantlets, and minis have a good growth rate and will stay flat and nicely shaped, but they will have few blossoms.
  • Mature standard plants should be placed about 8-10” below the lights Standard plants of some varieties will grow flat and compact with the tubes as high above them as 15-20”, but the blossoms will be fewer than normal.

Get the Bail Money Ready!

There are a few places with shows and events coming up! 

Please check the AVSA website for events in your area.

The new URL for the AVSA website is: https://africanvioletsocietyofamerica.org/

Keep Moving Forward

As I mentioned when we sat down together today, I’ve been thinking a lot about how best to move forward with the podcast.  You’re going to hear more about beginner basics, and about things that beginners really need to know – and that experienced growers often need to be reminded of! 

In my state – Illinois – we have a full-on mask mandate again. 

PLEASE – Get Vaccinated.  And keep practicing the 3 Ws:

  • Wear a mask
  • Wash your hands
  • Watch your distance

Thank you for joining me today – I hope your days are filled with all the things you love :-)

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