I can't beat those pics, Ladies. Gorgeous as usual :) I am so happy I can share some this month. I was so sick over losing my streps this summer and didn't know how bad I missed them until I got some new ones. Here is Bristol Party Girl.
Very pretty Connie,I happen to love N.Alabama...LOL.
Hi Lynn and Jan,That plant is called a Confederate Rose.The flowers start out white, then turn light pink, then dark pink.So I can have all 3 colors opened on the bush at the same time.To cool.They remind me of a peony flower (which I can't grow here,darn it).I'll be taking cuttings in a few weeks if anyone wants some.They root in water.I've seen them growing in pots around town if your winters are to cold.
Thanks, Lynn. I have always struggled with too much light on my stands, and have finally removed a shelf, and things are starting to look better already. The streps went thru a phase . . . ok, I went thru a phase . . . where I forgot to water them consistently. That's why you may see pale leaves. If you see a bronze color around some strep leaves of mine, that was because they were too close to the light. I am hoping to sell alot of plants this weekend, so I will have more space for baby plants.
They look great to me.I went through a phase or something too and let things get too dry,over-watered others,etc.Then I treated for bugs...when I didn't even see any,but I panicked a little...well maybe a lot LOL.
I lost a ton of things,but maybe that's okay.During fall months and early winter I am so busy I shouldn't have so many plants.In spite of being told by many good growers here and on FWG,I still fail with wicking,but I am going to try again.Connie and Bonnie are two of the people trying to guide me through it right now.And their plants look great!!
I'm switching over slowly to wicking too. There was a time a few months ago where I took a few plants to the club meeting, and our club president said "it could be mites, it could be too much light. Go home and spray for mites, just in case." Well, I got to thinking . . . the centers are tight on some - extremely so . . . but they were not gray-ish like mites would leave them. I took 2 of the most worrisome plants to the county extention office. He said he didn't see mite damage, just light damage. He said that if I were to spray for gnats (which I do have), to use Safer insecticidal spray soap. You know . . . of all the nurseries in town, some had the concentrate, but not the ready-to-spray. I don't have enough plants to make it worth mixing up spray each time, so I went and ordered some from Amazon.com. It has seaweed extract too, so that's even better.
No kidding -- eye candy! Good job everyone. We seem to have a parade of streps going, and I have gone a bit strep crazy right now. They are so gorgeous and just seem to bloom and bloom and bloom. Here's one I'm particularly in love with right now -- Fashion Statement.
PS: Good to see some "new" old faces back. I was under the weather for a bit and things just completely lit up this week. Good job helene -- you seem to have "kick started" things.
PPS: Sorry 'bout the copyright notice on my pics-- I trust you all, but these pics get indexed by Google and I keep finding my shots being used by eBay vendors. :< The stupid thing is I'd be happy to let them use them -- it just really irks me when someone else to claims it's their picture!
Ok, so I'm going thru my rooted African Violet leaf cups, getting them packed up for the state show in a few days. I know there are a few un-registered varieties in there, but this one is interesting. It is labeled as Victorian Ruffles. Half the babies seem to be variegated white, the other a dark pink. But . . . check out the leaf just off to the right, under the mama leaf!
Has anyone seen or heard of a Victorian Ruffles before? LLG has alot of "Victorian" plants, so I'm wondering if this is one they chose not to name . . .
I kind of had the same problem with my plants,Tight centers,but no gray and no hairy look.I didn't find bugs even with a jewelers loupe.I used Safer on some of them.It works well,but it said odorless and it had a very strong lingering odor.Is that normal?
You know, I haven't noticed an odor on the spray that I've got. I try not to spray except when I have to, and have really only used it on a few plants.
As for the tight centers - they have gotten better since I removed one of the shelves, and spaced the shelves further apart. It will take some time for everything to look perfect, but things are on their way.
I think you are right, Lynn. I am looking for a Yoki now. I think the vendor mislabeled that one. It has a beautiful bloom though, Jan :) All of these pics being posted are wonderful bringing lots of sunshine in for November :)))))
Nichole, Lynn, just a thought here...I was told by a vendor that is very trustworthy that the problems you two are describing could possibly be from not maintaining consistent care for that plant. I was having that problem and no bugs. I admit, I would sometimes let them dry out too much and yo yo back and forth or could be from too much light and even temperature. You will know that this is the case if your A.V. will produce new growth in the crown after consistent watering. In my case, constant moisture from wicking instead of letting the darn water level get too low and not notice lol. Yes, I was a BAD MOMMA!!! Again, this is just a thought and may not be your case at all.
Thanks Sally -- definitely better. I do NOT make a good patient!
Lynn and Connie thanks for your opinions. I was kind of afraid that might be the case. I've gotten used to blooms not "quite" looking like vendor pictures, but this one was a bit too different for my comfort. Guess I'll have to track her down and find out if she's got the real thing still. I'm not familiar with yokohama and have been looking for a picture of it (or a description). Any ideas of where I might find one? Whatever it is, I do think it's pretty neat even if it's not so neat that I got the wrong one.
I agree with Lynn that Safer soap has an odor (one that I really don't like, so maybe that's why I notice). It's one of the reasons I use just dish soap and water whenever I can get away with it. Between that, rubbing alcohol to spray on succulents, cinnamon and milk for fungus and the ever present yellow sticky traps, I haven't had any problems get out of hand for a while. Knock on wood. But I live in mortal fear of a mite attack. A couple years ago, I lost a beautiful, large fruit and blossom laden calamondin orange tree that I'd pampered for many many years to the miserable little beasts. They are tough, particularly in the North in winter. Does the safer spray work on them? Is that what most of you use?
Nichole -- that leaf is really interesting. From what I can remember from developmental genetics, I think this sort of thing can happen (at least in humans and animals) when there's a mutation very, very early in development (like at the two cell level). The symmetry in the coloring makes me wonder about this. But I don't know the first thing about how violets develop, so I'm mainly just guessing. But I bet someone that knows a lot about violet genetics would be interested in that leaf.
Hi everyone! I've been lurking on the forum the past couple of days and I'm really enjoying all of your lovely blooms! I keep saying I NOT going to set up light stands again but if I keep looking at all these beauties I might just have to move stuff around in the house to set up just ONE stand! ☺
I don't have many Gesneriad's anymore. I threw out my one and only AV yesterday because it was in a terrarium and growing all wonky and looked terrible. I guess I shouldn't have left it in there without any grooming for the past two years!! I have a couple of Chirita's and just got three little plants in the mail a week ago from the Violet Barn (Petrocosmea HT2 and a couple of Episcias. They are so tiny, I forgot how small the plants are that Rob ships. Now I just need to remember to take care of them so maybe they will grow up nice and pretty!
This is Chirita tamiana that I received in a trade here a few years ago. This has been one of my favorite gessie's ... so easy, I don't pay much attention to it at all and yet it survives in my household!
Hi Miss Lin,how are you? You have to stop lurking and jump right in with us:) C.tamiana was a favorite of mine to but I lost it.Anyone have any seed?
Mother nature is being to cruel to me.My 2 big brugs(7-8 feet tall) are full of flower buds,getting ready to bloom in a day or two and were getting a early cold front and it's going to freeze every night till tuesday.Yesterday I counted 52 buds on one side of my monster tree.Waaaaaaaaa.
Hi ya Jan! Oooh, sorry to hear that it's going to be so cold there! Those Brugs are outstanding ... they won't die will they? We are having a bit of a cool down here. Last week we were above normal for high's with temps in the upper 80's and it only got up to 64º today! Tonight it's supposed to drop to 42º! I haven't thought about bringing any plants inside so I hope my orchids and everything else out on the deck will be okay. It should be fine though because usually the coldest temp is right before sunrise and then things warm up quickly!
Hi Nichole! Ooooh ... I don't know who Steven is but that has to be the Most Beautiful AV I've ever seen! Wow! I envy folks with the patience to grow like that!
... not a Gessie but an Orchid I found blooming this morning:
Spider Mites??? I will definately keep these away from my gessies! Can I gently treat them with something as a precaution when they get here? Neem oil with a little Dawn dish soap diluted with water? 3 in 1 spray?
I have been putting down strep leaves this weekend while feeling like a child at Christmas :) I am now keeping my fingers crossed for them. They will ALL be gorgeous if I can grow them out. I was looking up pics to see their blooms and came across Mighty Mouse. Well, I thought it was compact but I have also seen two streps with the same name. Only found one Mighty Mouse. Soooo...Bonnie and Jim, please scroll up to Nov. 1 and look at that strep. Can you ID it for me? It is not growing as a compact for me and the bloom color is purple. It is a very pretty strep whatever the correct name is :))))
Bonnie: I love that Sinningia Magic Moments! Very pretty!
Shanika: Wow, you've got some really beautiful Strep's ... Jules is gorgeous and I love that AV Frosty Frolic!
Nichole: Is Ozark Blazing Embers a Strep? I love the color.
Jan: Love the deep color of Sinningia Super Orange ... that one's considered a mini? I've got to look up Gloxinella Linderiana ... never heard of a Gloxinella and I really like the look of that foliage.
Episica lilacina (that I bought from Violet Barn recently) has a bud, so maybe I will have a photo to share soon!
Jan: I don't know a thing about these plants, I don't even really know how big a mini is, or the difference in size of a standard to a mini. ^_^ I received two micro mini's sinningia's in trades a few years ago (pusilla and Rio das Pedras). They are both so tiny and sooo cute. I still have one left, I think it's Rio das Pedras.
Bonnie: Paper Moon is so pretty, love that flower! How big will that plant get, is it considered a mini?
At the Gesneriads website they state that most Sinningia's grow from tubers, but don't give a list of non tuberous ones. I'd be real curious to know how many don't come from tubers and do they have rhizomes or bulbets or what? I see here: http://www.gesneriads.ca/sinni115.htm it says Paper Moon is a cross between S. White Sprite and S. schnifferi. I wonder if both of the parents are tuberous?
Jan: Turned or not, that is one beautiful plant! I've always been really bad about rotating/turning plants!
Quoting:Nichole: Is Ozark Blazing Embers a Strep? I love the color.
No, it is a sinningia I picked up from David at the state show a few weeks ago. It IS a pretty color, isn't it? He (David) did a presentation at our club meeting a few days after, and I came home with a tuber called "HCY's Blue Dolphin". Getting up the nerve to pot it . . . just not sure how much to bury - it's got a 2-3" leggy growth on it.
Someone on a different forum said to bury just the tuber . . . but I think I'll wait until David is ready to be available again.
Jan - technically, that pic does fit the description for Rob's Cool Fruit. If you have FC2 (I don't remember if you had it or not), look at the secondary picture. The only thing I can't tell from your pic is if the leaves are serrated . .
Rob's Cool Fruit (8608) 05/31/1997 (R. Robinson) Double white pansy/rose-pink edge. Crown variegated medium green, white and yellow, pointed, serrated. Semiminiature
Nichole: Maybe Mrsbonnie can offer advice on that Sinningia tuber ... I think she grows lots of Sinns.
Jan: Wow, the color of that bloom is really nice! It looks like the colors of fruit cocktail so maybe it is Rob's Cool Fruit. ^_^ Although, the one photo in PF seems to have pink colored blooms: http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/161498/
bury the tuber, but make sure the top is not covered, all mine are exposed.,Looks like you will either have to stake blue dolphin or cut the tip of the new growth down to about an inch or so & put it close to your lights so it will not be so leggy. I believe sinn. schnifferi does not have a tuber i do ave that one also. I believe paper moon is a mini.It's really quite pretty. very pale pink, very soft looking. I don't think there are any other sinns with out tubers.