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African Violets - Pups available

This is a discussion on African Violets - Pups available within the The Jungle forums, part of the Land Plants category; I also grow African Violets and they have a habit of trying to propagate themselves. ...

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    Default African Violets - Pups available

    I also grow African Violets and they have a habit of trying to propagate themselves. Since I want large plants and lots of blooms I always nip the little suckers off.... But I have a few plants that are now as big as I would ever want them to get - - about 14 - 15 inch across. They are putting out a few "pups", as this is the way violets propagate. If anyone is interested in trying out AVs, drop me a PM and I will root up a pup or two for you. (You can also grow them from just a leaf, but you'd better have LOTS OF PATIENCE!)

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    That is really nice of you to offer the AVs . I used to raise them too ,but since moving I don't have a good place for them , I tried them in my green house and that didn't work . House is to small . I just have 3 old ones . Gin

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    Yea, I imaging the greenhouse would be alternately too hot and/or too humid.

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    I have never grown them. But, if the greenhouse is too hot and humid for them, I don't have anywhere else to try them out. Darn.

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    It's sweet of you to offer them out! Do you have a pic to share of the big ones? I'd like to see them. Yesterday I took my 4 year old daughter to pick out a plant and she chose African Violets. They're small now, but I was wondering how big they eventually get. Now I know 14-15 inches across, wow! She'll be pleased about that.

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    I'll post a couple pictures soon. I just pinched them back a few weeks ago to encourage growth, the new buds are just peeking out. Your daughter will love growing them. Make sure they don't get sopping wet, but never dry completely out. There are some great self-watering pots (Ceramic) that are just perfect for AVs. They consist of an unglaze pot sitting inside a glazed pot that holds water. Mine love them! And once she gets hers to a good size, she can try propagating them.

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    Many years ago I tried did leaf propagation and the new plant was so much bigger than the mother plant. It was so big that I put it in an 8-inch pot (lol, I didn't know then that AVs don't like big pots) but it did well. Then I moved and dug it out and brought it on the plane and then it died. Ever since then I didn't have much luck rooting leaves (either the leaves rotted or the new plantlets grew a bit and then died).

    How nice of you to offer the AVs...

    14-15 inches? Wow! That's gigantic! You must have a really green thumb with AVs!

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    Thanks for the advice, Diane, I appreciate it, and my daughter does too. This is her first plant that is all her own, that she wants to take care of all on her own, so she's pretty excited.

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    It it very nice of Diane to make this offer. I got two from her and they're great. I'm repotting them AGAIN. >_> They had plastic pots on clearance at a chain store and they were 50 cents and had the attatched bottoms, so I bought two for the little things to put them in now instead of the terra cotta ones I was using.

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    Great Styx!! I'm so glad they are doing well. You can expect them to bloom when they have 3 sets (rings) of mature leaves. If you want to give them a boost to bloom, then try a very weak solution of 0-10-10 fertilizer.

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