HOME & GARDEN
March 4, 2000 |
When my daughter, Sabrina, asked me to buy her an African violet, I was skeptical. The purple blooms were stunning, but would it ever flower again? To our delight, it has continued to reflower, each bloom cycle lovelier and fuller than the one before. Now I know why African violets (Saintpaulias) are considered one of the most popular flowering houseplants. Give them the right conditions and you can enjoy their pert, happy blooms throughout the year.
HOME & GARDEN
January 21, 1995 |
African violet is a houseplant you can count on to bloom day after day, month after month, throughout the year. But you do have to pay attention to the plant's needs, especially with respect to light, water and humidity. Not much light is needed to keep the plant happily in bloom. In fact, too much light scorches the leaves.
March 11, 1989 |
A windowsill dotted with tiny pots of African violets is as much at home in a kitchen as is the fragrance of bread being baked. And many of us buy our violets just where we buy the ingredients for bread--at the supermarket. But you may be getting the floral equivalent of day-old goods if you pick up a violet during your weekly shopping excursion. "The violets you see in the grocery store have been grown in greenhouses," says Hilda Douglas, president of the Pomona Valley African Violet Society.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 16, 1994 |
Florence Naylor of Ventura owns about 400 miniature African violets. Her collection includes pink ones and purple ones, white ones and blue ones. * Marcia Shaver of Thousand Oaks tends a mere 100 of the plants, known for their deep green leaves and vibrantly hued blooms. Shaver's violets are distributed in stands and on windowsills in a spare bedroom. Between the two of them, Naylor and Shaver probably possess enough plants to fill the Ventura County fair's entire African violet display.
March 22, 2001 |
Question: I used to grow African violets from a leaf in water, but this doesn't seem to work anymore. Have the growers done something to prevent this, or have I just lost my touch? --K.S. Riverside Answer: If growers could figure out how to stop us from propagating plants, they'd be a happy bunch! I suspect it's your technique that needs a little fine tuning. African violets can be propagated from leaves with a bit of stem attached, and new plantlets will form all around the cut.
September 2, 1990 |
Rather than the usual blue-and pink-producing anthocyanins , which belong to a large group of plant compounds collectively called flavonoids, Blansit's plants contained a group of flavonoids, closely related to the anthocyanins, called flavonols. It is the flavanols that create the yellow colors in flowers, and Blansit's Big Yellow was the first reported occurrence of flavonols in African violets. According to Jeff Smith of Norman, Okla.