Thursday, March 5, 2009

Another Flower Show!

These are my African Violets. I have 10 altogether. I started with 2! They have multiplied over the years. I have rooted some leaves, I have divided some and I have lost some to old age. I usually have 10 to 12 at any given time. The one below is just starting to bloom. If you look close you can see a little stalk of flower buds. These will start to open in a few days and then a lot more little stalks will start to grow and before I know it, it will be covered with pink flowers. I have a light stand that they stay on all the time. It has a timer to control the lights and it is on for about 16 hours a day. They don't require much care, I water with fertilizer from the bottom about once a week and pick off the dead leaves, and repot them once a year in the Spring. That's about all they require. The African Violets will bloom for a few months and then they rest for a month or so and then they start to bloom all over again.

This has a few more bud stems:

And this one is starting to bloom, too:

This one has more flowers:

This is a purple one that I love:

And another purple one:

This is a baby one that I started from a leaf. It has about 3 or 4 centers and I will be dividing it into 3 or 4 plants in a few weeks. Then it will probably take about 6 months for them to start blooming.

I have 3 more pink ones that are still resting--they will probably be showing some buds any day now.

I love my African Violets and I love it when they are in full bloom. That should be another week or so. I can't wait! Just as I can't wait for Spring!
'Til next time, Love ya, Jean


Kim G. said...

I love African violets, my great grandmother always had them in her home.

W. Latane Barton said...

I had never been able to grow african violets until recently. Our sunroom provides the perfect place. I have three now and they are doing very well.

miss gracies house said...

Very pretty- I never could grow them, though!

Barb said...

What grrr-eat photos - your violets are beautiful.
Happy week-end.

The Cutest Cottage Lamps said...

Hi Jean, thank you for entering my Giveaway, (sorry but Cathy from The Stylish Home was the winner.) But I wanted to see your blog and add you to my favorites list! I love your african violets they are beautiful and so healthy- I have three plants but maybe you can suggest some help! The flowers do come up and the plants grow, but the leaves are a yellowish on the edges??? What do you suppose I am doing wrong?

tales from an O.C. cottage said...

They are always so cute! My sister like to put them in a teapot and it's just looks adorable!

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Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

I can't for Spring either. Your violets are so pretty and just make me sigh......

The TinCan Cottage said...

Hi, Just Wanted to Say Hi Back at cha!:) Thanx for Stopping by and letting me know ...I was Updating My Blog...I hope I didn't Monkey Around with something , I dont know how to fix...Im going in there to take a look around. I Was Reading Your Post...WOW! you must have an Evergreen Green Thumb! I Have Never Had any Luck with African Violets, let alone have them multiply like that! Im pretty good outside though, but, those to me are the trickiest of the trickiest! I'll be back to see what else you are up to again!:)

Joy said...

I love those african violets.

just a little bit shabby said...

Hi There Girl!
Love your violets! I have moderate luck with them but my Mom and Sis have the knack!
Have a good week end!
Back to work on the laundry this week end!