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Miami, FL
(Zone 10b)

November 7, 2010
4:12 PM

Post #8199812

Hello everyone!! I've been wanting to dab into the world of African violets. I've seen some at the grocery stores and at the HD but I have no idea what type of previous care have they received so I'm hesitant to get them from these places. Instead I want to purchase plants from a good vendor. I would prefer minis since I get to keep more but I can also do standards. I would just have to get more racks and growlights. Pointing me in the right direction will be greatly appreciated. Thank you very much.


Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

November 7, 2010
5:09 PM

Post #8199918

lydon lyon greenhouses -- rob's viloet barn top growers

google avsa registered violets.

e-bay. AV
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

November 7, 2010
6:16 PM

Post #8200034

I agree with Rob's and Lyndon Lyons.Also,Travis Violets,Dave's Violets,several Ebay vendors and more.Check the Garden Watchdog on this site.Everyone there is rated and feedback is left.

Miami, FL
(Zone 10b)

November 7, 2010
6:24 PM

Post #8200050

Thank you both for your suggestions. I looked through both and liked Rob's better. I will try the grower's special on the mini AV since I've got no experience and hopefully will get a nice variety of plants. I will have to wait another week or so. I placed and order yesterday for Ranunculus bulbs.
Ottawa, IL
(Zone 9a)

November 8, 2010
4:29 AM

Post #8200498

would you like some leaves of violets? I have lots.
Miami, FL
(Zone 10b)

November 8, 2010
5:20 AM

Post #8200569

Bonnie I would love to as long as you tell me how to root them. I've rooted other plant cuttings before in water but I bet that the violets are a bit different.
Ann Arbor, MI

November 8, 2010
11:54 AM

Post #8201263

Another excellent vendor is thegreenmule (Fred Howarth) on eBay. Nice guy, good prices (cheaper than either robs or llg) and his plants are gorgeous healthy and simply perfect. I think he is just the best for minis & semi-minis.
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

November 8, 2010
2:04 PM

Post #8201499

He is excellent !!
Montgomery, AL

November 8, 2010
3:22 PM

Post #8201650

Welcome. I suggest looking under Plant Care on Violent Barn's home page. It has many articles, lessons, answers to questions, and links to other sites of interest. I'm sure it covers propagating AV's from leaves too.
Williston, ND

November 11, 2010
5:54 AM

Post #8206113

cedar creek violets are good,
I also like debs violets
and josviolets one of the best places to find a list of vendors is avsa website,just go look under venders,you can search or just by state
hope it helps

Miami, FL
(Zone 10b)

November 14, 2010
4:14 PM

Post #8211653

Thank you everyone for your suggestions. I especially would like to thank Bonnie for sending me the leaves. They are potted up and I'm hoping to see roots and new plantlets soon. I also looked into Fred Howarth on eBay and picked some of his plants. I'm loving the plants as well as the leaves from Bonnie. Sooo many colors, edges, sizes and the promise of flowers. Can I add a water soluble rooting hormone to the tray with the leaves ??? It's called KLN and I've used it for my orchids for some time but not sure if it will be ok for the African violets. I'm sorry for all of the questions and thanks for all of your help one more time. Happy Gardening !!!!
Montgomery, AL

November 15, 2010
9:47 AM

Post #8212843

I read an article in a recent (past year) AV magazine that tested rooting hormone vs. nothing on AV leaves for propagation. It found no significant improvement with rooting hormone. Why not try your own experiment with half of leaves with and without. I suppose you'd look for time of first plantlet emergence, size, number... You get the magazine bimonthly with an AVSA membership.

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