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New Houseplant

March 13th, 2019

A few weeks ago I spotted a lovely African violet at the store and decided to get it. The fading bloom was lovely, even though it was way past prime. There was an up and coming bud, so I knew I’d get to see at least one more bloom, even though I only had a glimpse of what it would look like.  I brought it home, repotted it, deadheaded it, and gave it a good dose of a diluted liquid seaweed. Fast foward a few weeks and the new bud is opening up…

This variety is called ‘Kristi’s Spunk’. The leaves are also colorful, especially when seen from underneath. Overall, it’s going to be a lovely specimen I think.

Are you an African Violet fan? Any good tips you’ve discovered for tending them?

2 Comments to “New Houseplant”
  1. David on March 14, 2019 at 8:32 pm

    Susy, my African violets cover my backyard like a blanket. Some folks think they’re quite the nuisance. However between the African Violets in the Clover that’s in the backyard rabbits leave my raised beds alone. They suck down that Clover like you wouldn’t believe and never nibble a single leaf of lettuce in my raised bed.

    Have a great African violet day.

    Nebraska Dave

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  2. Chris on March 15, 2019 at 6:43 pm

    I see that your African Violet leaves are reaching straight up instead of lying flat like they should. I think if you raise them up to the window their leaves will flatten out. They are not getting enough light! You also have to rotate them. They like very bright light but not direct sunlight as that will bleach out their leaves..They also don’t like to get wet so I always water mine from the bottom.
    Have you seen the mini African violets? They are beyond cute! :)

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