Friday, March 30, 2007

Rainy Day Fun!

The North Stars are putting on "Violets Celebrate Our Family" today and tomorrow only at the Northtown Shopping Center.

Come on by and see the show! There are lots of beautiful plants in all the prettiest spring colors to brighten up the rainy weekend the weather folks are sending our way. Hope to see you there!

Remember, Friday and Saturday only!!!

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

So, What Happened to Fe Fi?

Our meetings generally start by checking out the host’s plant room. It’s a lot of fun, but the host is usually answering questions from three or four different directions. One member noticed the brown markings on a couple of my mini/semis and asked what I thought caused that. However, we never really had the chance to discuss it.

Here are some pictures. What are your thoughts? The first picture (which isn’t very clear) points out the brown marks on a leaf.

The second picture points the marks on three separate leaves. Note that they are all on the same row. The marks are not on higher or lower rows.

Notice also in the third picture that the older leaves have a much wider span and from the marked leaves on, the plant seems smaller.

Upon checking, I see this same condition on three of my 50 mini/semis. I attribute it to repotting stress. These plants are repotted every three months, the last time being November. That looks appropriate for the amount of growth. Often, when repotting in the summer when it is very hot, this condition will show up on many of the mini/semis. Occasionally, it will even appear on standards, but not too often. How can this be avoided? I don’t have a clue. Possibly the plant was treated too roughly when being transplanted.

Many thanks to Barb W. for the excellent article and photos!

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Even More Violets!

The North Star African Violet Council is putting on their spring show at Northtown this weekend on March 30th and 31st!

The NSAVC will be presenting "Violets Celebrate Our Family" Friday 10:00am to 9:00 pm and Saturday 9:30 am to 8:00 pm.

You didn't know what could be even better than the lovely 70 degree F. weather we've been having??? Well, some lovely weather together with beautiful, blooming African violets and gesneriads will make anyone's week just about perfect!

Please come and join in the fun. See the flowers, chat with friends, get a new soil recipe or two to try at home! We invite everyone to come and enjoy! See you there.