Plant questions and answers! This week: Will African Violets grow under water? (Ask your plant or gardening question.) Well, for the most part, an established African Violet would probably not respond well to being replanted underwater, but suckers started from a leaf cutting can survive (even thrive) underwater for quite a while… several months or […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
How to save space, use less plastic, and grow better seedlings using soil blocks. This summer I have discovered something that may just change my greenhouse forever: Soil blocks! Even though most of my seed sowing for the season has already been done, I still wanted to try out this “new” technique. (“New” means new […]Continue Reading... 1 Comment.
Make your own starter pots from yogurt cups… Here’s how! If you’re like me, you’ve probably had a hard time finding inexpensive 3-inch pots for starting small plants or seeds. And if your family is like mine, you probably go through quite a few snack-sized yogurt containers. so -(starter pots) + (yogurt cups) = Problem […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
The move really messed me up. I lost a few of the rooted African Violet leaves I’d started, but I finally got to transplant some of the ones that survived. Looks like one leaf only had 2 babies on it, while one other had about 6. I cut the leaves off the babies and put […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
My new African Violet home is working out well, but already getting full! I’m not sure how much longer one table is going to be enough. We’re moving in a few weeks so maybe there will be enough room for a second table. 😉 The miniature (my last variegated violet) is finally putting on blossoms […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Earlier this month I brought home an ugly old table from work that was just going to get junked. Thought it would make the perfect African Violet home, since my smaller makeshift growing surface was becoming crowded. It works most excellently and offers some room to grow: On March 1, a day or so later, […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
I actually had some time this weekend to snap some shots of my plants… something I hadn’t done in a number of years. It’s interesting to compare some between now and earlier. And amazing how long I’ve had some of these plants! Above you will see two photos of a ficus tree… it is the […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
I’ve been growing African Violets since, well… the turn of the century! 😉 And I can confidently say that if you’re capable of watering a potted plant once per week, you might be surprised that you can grow these lovely little beauties. They’re generally easy to grow and reward your attention with many colorful blossoms. […]Continue Reading... No Comments.