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VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

January 1, 2013
6:35 PM

Post #9372730

Happy New Year!

I decided to start a new daily pics and chat thread for the new year!
Please share with others your photos, tips, and general chat here!

I'll start off with a few of my Streptocarpus that have been blooming recently...

This one is S. Feathered Silk

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VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

January 1, 2013
6:38 PM

Post #9372733

A few more...

S. DS-Mysticism... changes color over time, from bluish purple to pink
S. DS-Little Furry Arctic Fox
S. Shashenka
S. Wow
S. Geronimo

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VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

January 1, 2013
6:44 PM

Post #9372736

I just got a second shelf set up right before Christmas...
So now my dining room double as my plant room!
:o)

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Sallysblooms
South, TX

January 1, 2013
7:58 PM

Post #9372797

Very nice photos!!!
EarleG
Sanbornton, NH

January 2, 2013
5:58 AM

Post #9372987

Very nice pictures!!

Earle
lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

January 2, 2013
9:04 AM

Post #9373137

Just gorgeous Karen! Your stands are beautiful.Mine are a mess LOL.
Lynn
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

January 2, 2013
9:19 AM

Post #9373153

Gorgeous!
VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

January 4, 2013
11:51 AM

Post #9375344

This one just opened for me this morning...
One of my first to go from leaf cutting to bloom! Yay!
Photos I have seen of this one previously cannot do it justice!
Also... the leaf was received from a fellow DGer in trade... thanks Nichole!

S. Watermelon Wine

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Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

January 4, 2013
12:09 PM

Post #9375356

A real stunner... I can't imagine it being any more gorgeous than it already is.

Roly0217

Roly0217
Miami, FL
(Zone 10b)

January 4, 2013
11:33 PM

Post #9375911

Karen you've got some real beauties there !!! I love them all !!! I see another stand in my future alongside with grow lights. This addiction is in full gear again. I need to move the furniture out of the guest bedroom and make it into my plant room.
bigoldbuck701
Williston, ND

January 6, 2013
11:08 AM

Post #9377218

wow you got some awesome ones,if you ever decide to sell leaves let me know

JIM
kathy_ann
Judsonia, AR
(Zone 7b)

January 6, 2013
12:32 PM

Post #9377309

Very Nice Va_Wild_ Rose

I got a shelf like yours 3 or 4 months ago and I need to branch out and buy another. Got lots of babies growing this winter and new leaves with babies also. Loving those variegated ones .

I need to buy another light for the top shelf also. here are a few of mine.

I've played on the computer so much that I burnt my impossible coconut pie I made for dessert tonight. I'm pretty mad at myself for that lol

First single pic is tiger, about to bloom, then Fisherman's paradise. I'm having troubles posting the others, so I'll do it in another post.

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kathy_ann
Judsonia, AR
(Zone 7b)

January 6, 2013
12:37 PM

Post #9377313

Aca's red Ember
Wrangler's dixie celebration

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kathy_ann
Judsonia, AR
(Zone 7b)

January 6, 2013
12:41 PM

Post #9377316

Pow wow


I'm having some trouble posting pics here, can't do more than a couple at a time.

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kathy_ann
Judsonia, AR
(Zone 7b)

January 6, 2013
12:42 PM

Post #9377318

My shelf is crammed, I need to get another so they have room to grow, it's the only place I have right now to put plants, I better hurry up and find another shelf or two lol

Picasso and kandy Kitchen, rooted from leaves.

ma's winter moon baby coming up.

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bigoldbuck701
Williston, ND

January 6, 2013
12:44 PM

Post #9377326

very nice, i got neptune and amethyst babies,and some other large standards
kathy_ann
Judsonia, AR
(Zone 7b)

January 6, 2013
12:46 PM

Post #9377328

woops, I posted pow wow twice, that pow wow that says dixie's celebration, is actually Pow Wow,

here's Wrangler's dixie celebration

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kathy_ann
Judsonia, AR
(Zone 7b)

January 6, 2013
12:48 PM

Post #9377330

I noticed that all yours are blooming. I've not got any streps growing, but I'm sure they bloom like the Av's do don't they? I've not got too many blooms, and I have quite a few that are old enough to bloom. Lots of new blooms coming on though. What tricks do you have for getting them to bloom and please feel free to tell me if you see me doing something wrong!! I went into this big time real fast, and i'm winging alot of it.

I also have wood heat in my house, and the Av's dry out fast, especially the ones in the tiny pots. I do have them all in their own room, but I really like the idea of having them in the dining room like you do!!
lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

January 6, 2013
1:52 PM

Post #9377397

Great pictures kathy_ann!Do you mind if I ask...are you individually watering them? I didn't see saucers or trays.
Lynn
kathy_ann
Judsonia, AR
(Zone 7b)

January 6, 2013
3:06 PM

Post #9377452

There are saucers, just not on the plant shelves, I have lots of the clear plastic ones .
aspenjocop
Northeast, MO
(Zone 5b)

January 6, 2013
4:38 PM

Post #9377566

Nice blooms Karen! I have a stand in the dining room too (snicker)

Kathy Ann, I knew you grew other plants but didn't know you liked gessies. Great :)

Connie
kathy_ann
Judsonia, AR
(Zone 7b)

January 6, 2013
6:22 PM

Post #9377657

I have always had Av's but not an abundance of them, My grandmother (I guess) has passed her love of them on to me. She grew some beauties in her time. Not sure who got them all when she passed.
VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

January 6, 2013
8:08 PM

Post #9377706

Very nice kathy_ann! Thanks for sharing some of your photos! I bought my two shelves about five years ago, but I was only using one with lights until just before Christmas. My mature streps really spread out and I needed more room! The center two shelves are for showing off the bigger, blooming streps. The top two shelves are my nursery... with a lot of leaves down right now, and some smaller baby streps. Trying to get some stock up for Spring trades!

Our apt tends to be dry in winter and I am trying to decide how to add humidity around the plants. I really don't want to wrap the shelves with plastic!

Karen

Roly0217

Roly0217
Miami, FL
(Zone 10b)

January 6, 2013
9:05 PM

Post #9377729

Kathy_ann I've got one of those racks myself. Although mine is only 4 shelves. I need to get one with more shelves and figure out how to add a light to the top shelf. I will take some pictures tomorrow and post them here.
Karen why not used the trays with pebbles at the bottom. This has been my method for a couple of years now and seems to work well for all of the AVs and by the way Karen; where can I get S. Shashenka and S. Wow !!! They are absolutely stunning !!! All beautiful but those are show stoppers.
bigoldbuck701
Williston, ND

January 7, 2013
3:46 AM

Post #9377806

neils streps has wow for 9 on ebay,and i think you have shashenka misspelled and if you do i ihave a spare leaf.. i want her artic fox and her first one ds mystisim
kathy_ann
Judsonia, AR
(Zone 7b)

January 7, 2013
5:45 AM

Post #9377862

yes, I need to figure out how to put a light on the top shelf too, waste not want not lol
chiquib313
Homestead, FL
(Zone 10a)

January 7, 2013
7:12 AM

Post #9377943

So here is what is blooming for me today:
1. Canterbury Surprise with variegated leaves, first bloom.
2. Neil's Osage
3. Neil's McIntyre
My streps had been struggling throughout the summer months under flourescent lights in my garage but I think it was too hot for them. Now that I have moved them inside the house where it is cooler and under natural light on an east window, they seem to have begun to flourish.
Chiqui

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chiquib313
Homestead, FL
(Zone 10a)

January 7, 2013
7:20 AM

Post #9377954

And here are some AV's blooming for me today:
1. Van Gogh
2. Sport of Rebel's Splatter Kake - this one has very large blooms
3. Rebel's Splatter Kake
4. The last photo is Buckeye Claret Wine
Chiqui

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VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

January 7, 2013
8:51 AM

Post #9378055

Roly0217... I can probably share a leaf of Wow in Spring. My Sashenka I just tore back down to start again so it will be a while.

Jim... LOL... I'm spread pretty thin for demand on Little Furry Arctic Fox right now, but give me some time, OK? I can probably get a leaf from Mysticism in Spring.

I ordered three directly from Pavel Enikeeva at Demitris in the Ukraine last Spring. I really wanted Little Furry Arctic Fox and that was the only way I was going to get it. I also got DS-Little Plushy Arctic Fox and DS-Glamourous Night but they are very slow growers! I have several DS varieties and several of Piotr's (Wow's hybridizer in Poland). Sa'shenka is by another Russian grower whose name escapes me at the moment. Aside from a few true favorites by US growers, I think the Polish and Russian streps are better. They have stronger flower stems, thicker leaves, and larger flowers.

Karen
bigoldbuck701
Williston, ND

January 7, 2013
10:20 AM

Post #9378146

no rush, and roly i have the one that karen tore down,get ahold of me


JIM
lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

January 7, 2013
10:48 AM

Post #9378174

Beautiful pictures Chiqui! Thank you for sharing.
Lynn
aspenjocop
Northeast, MO
(Zone 5b)

January 7, 2013
11:35 AM

Post #9378203

Nice blooms Chiquib :)

Connie

Roly0217

Roly0217
Miami, FL
(Zone 10b)

January 7, 2013
1:08 PM

Post #9378340

Karen you'll be hearing from me come Spring for the Wow leaf. I looked at neil's streps and didn't find it.
Jim you'll be hearing from me soon.
Thank you both !!!!
bigoldbuck701
Williston, ND

January 8, 2013
3:53 AM

Post #9378849

email him he has it,,
chiquib313
Homestead, FL
(Zone 10a)

January 8, 2013
10:06 AM

Post #9379118

Here are some of my minis and semi-minis. The ones is bloom are Rob's Vanilla Trail, Midget Silver Fox, Rob's Humpty Doo, Rob's Sailor Bill & Baby White.

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bigoldbuck701
Williston, ND

January 8, 2013
3:53 PM

Post #9379424

sweet

Roly0217

Roly0217
Miami, FL
(Zone 10b)

January 8, 2013
6:07 PM

Post #9379558

They look very nice Chiqui !!! Great basket presentation.
VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

January 8, 2013
6:41 PM

Post #9379588

Very nice!
aspenjocop
Northeast, MO
(Zone 5b)

January 9, 2013
9:30 AM

Post #9380039

I love the way you placed them in the basket too!! GORGEOUS!!

Connie
jannich
Andalusia, AL
(Zone 8b)

January 12, 2013
8:02 AM

Post #9382681

oh boy,I've been missing the flower show!!! Awesome pictures everyone thanks for posting.

Jan
kathy_ann
Judsonia, AR
(Zone 7b)

January 12, 2013
1:24 PM

Post #9382919

I've got a few blooms, nothing spectacular, and there are only a couple blooms on each that I'm showing here. the prettiest is the winter smiles!! it's smashing!! lol
Aca's red ember
Fisherman's paradise finally has a bloom!!

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kathy_ann
Judsonia, AR
(Zone 7b)

January 12, 2013
1:27 PM

Post #9382922

Grape Slush
Jungle print has a little flower about to open.

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kathy_ann
Judsonia, AR
(Zone 7b)

January 12, 2013
1:32 PM

Post #9382927

Lyon's pirate's treasure if it would open completely is a pretty bloom
midnight radiation

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lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

January 12, 2013
1:32 PM

Post #9382928

With such pretty foliage who needs blooms?

Lynn
kathy_ann
Judsonia, AR
(Zone 7b)

January 12, 2013
1:38 PM

Post #9382932

Tiger
Winter smiles :)
Buckeye Cranberry Sparkler is full of blooms.

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aspenjocop
Northeast, MO
(Zone 5b)

January 12, 2013
2:03 PM

Post #9382960

Nice pics!!

Connie
meag848
Kittrell, NC
(Zone 7b)

January 12, 2013
3:20 PM

Post #9383011

Wonderful pictures!!
kathy_ann
Judsonia, AR
(Zone 7b)

January 12, 2013
3:28 PM

Post #9383015

Thanks, I wonder, if it's the solid colored leaved AV's that have the spectacular blooms and the variegated ones, have more showy leaves than flowers? If this is so, I need more like winter smiles!! lol
VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

January 12, 2013
6:31 PM

Post #9383146

A couple more of my streps that have been blooming lately...

Bristol's Spectacular
Exotica
Harlequin Blue
Spin Art

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VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

January 12, 2013
6:34 PM

Post #9383147

Not a gessie...
But my Jewel Orchid (Ludisia discolor) is also blooming...

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bigoldbuck701
Williston, ND

January 13, 2013
6:20 AM

Post #9383442

i may have to get me an bristols spec , its pretty,good job on them all.my jewel is getting ready to bloom too


JIM
jannich
Andalusia, AL
(Zone 8b)

January 13, 2013
7:59 AM

Post #9383536

Morning! Every ones pictures are so pretty.

Karen your streps are beautiful,you need to do some pollen swapping.

Kathy Ann,your AV's are so pretty.What is the dark stuff I see under some of you plants? Is it something you put on the shelf so the pots sit good? Nosy Rosy here ^_^

Have a great sunday,Jan
VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

January 13, 2013
8:33 AM

Post #9383564

Jan... Hehe! Thank you! And I am thinking of doing some crosses. I have been studying my blossoms and looking at all the parts when they fall off. Some of the newest varieties have strange pistils that I'm not sure will accept pollen.

Jim... B's Spectacular is very nice! I bought it directly from Rob's. A pretty forgiving variety...

Karen
jannich
Andalusia, AL
(Zone 8b)

January 13, 2013
9:20 AM

Post #9383619

Karen,go to the link,it's easy!

http://www.streptocarpus-info.com/crosspollinating.html
VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

January 13, 2013
10:33 AM

Post #9383680

Thanks Jan... Yes, I have read that info several times.
I'll keep y'all posted!

Karen
kathy_ann
Judsonia, AR
(Zone 7b)

January 13, 2013
5:37 PM

Post #9384028

Jan, are you talking about the shelf liner that came with the shelving unit? it's just a thin piece of plastic the same size as the shelf, kind of like a liner, I like it though, I don't have it on all the shelves, even though I do have one for each shelf. It does keep the light from shining through to the next shelf when I use those liners. keeps dirt and water that might drip from the bottom of a pot from falling down into the light fixtures too.

Those Streps are georgious!!
bigoldbuck701
Williston, ND

January 14, 2013
4:20 AM

Post #9384245

ill probally wait and get a big one from him at the show,they seem to save the bigger ones for the convention,i know the two i went,the ones they sent me right before the show were smaller then the ones they had there
EarleG
Sanbornton, NH

January 14, 2013
12:02 PM

Post #9384783

Hi folks,

Thought I would add a couple of pictures of plants blooming here at home. The first is an AV called 'Emerald Love' and the second is a Strep called 'Bristol's Psychedelic Sun.' The Strep came as a leaf in the last round robin and that leaf produced 4 plants, all of which are flowering right now.

Earle

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lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

January 14, 2013
1:51 PM

Post #9384907

Wow Earle!
VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

January 14, 2013
2:10 PM

Post #9384924

Very nice Earle!
As I recall, I put leaves of B's Psychedelic Sun in the RR box...
I am glad someone brought them to their full potential!

Karen
EarleG
Sanbornton, NH

January 14, 2013
3:26 PM

Post #9385006

Hi Karen,

I am very glad you did. I also am waiting for some S. 'Nightmare' to bloom. They came from a leaf in the round robin as well. I have had wonderful luck with the leaves from the swap. Thanks for participating. Looking forward to Spring to do it again.

Earle
jannich
Andalusia, AL
(Zone 8b)

January 14, 2013
4:06 PM

Post #9385057

Beautiful plants Earle!

@ Karan,seed piggy here.I love growing crosses out.LOL

Kathy Ann, Liners .I like them.Thanks for the info!

Jan
VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

January 14, 2013
6:49 PM

Post #9385235

Ha ha Jan! I'll keep you in mind!

Good for you Earle! I lost Nightmare, so be sure to show it to us when yours blooms!
kathy_ann
Judsonia, AR
(Zone 7b)

January 14, 2013
6:52 PM

Post #9385238

I wanted to mention, I wrote the wrong name on lyon's private dancer, it should say Lyon's pirate treasure. i changed the name on it.

I was going to ask if you could root streps by the leaf too. I see you can from reading Earle's post.
VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

January 14, 2013
7:12 PM

Post #9385285

Yes Kathy... Very easy to grow new streps from leaf cuttings. I've even had leaves in transit for ten days that I put down and had 100% success with. The secret is to keep the mix very light... to avoid the leaf rotting.

Karen
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

January 15, 2013
1:27 AM

Post #9385511

Karen

Does the time of year play a role in rooting your strep leaf cuttings? I seem to be having some real problems getting leaves to root in the past month or so and I am wondering if it is the time of year.

TIA for your help.
bigoldbuck701
Williston, ND

January 15, 2013
4:18 AM

Post #9385571

i also have real good luck with spagnum peat moss,
VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

January 15, 2013
5:49 AM

Post #9385622

Jim, I have heard of others that use sphagnum with good luck... I just have not tried it yet. I do start Kohlerias in it though.

Carolyn, I'm not sure... I suppose it could. I have a number of leaves down right now and what I have found is that they are not showing babies as fast as my summer set, but there is far less rot this time... in fact, none! While they don't show babies as of yet, they are all rooted and all the mother leaves are still green and crisp. In summer, I would have babies within one month, but I also had about 25% of the leaves rot.

Karen
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

January 15, 2013
6:17 AM

Post #9385647

Karen -thank you. I am not rotting either and quite frankly did not put two and two together. However, I am also not rooting.
VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

January 15, 2013
8:37 AM

Post #9385816

Rot does not always mean no roots or no babies...
So be sure to wait a bit, even after you see that a leaf is rotted.
You can get babies to come up even after the leaf goes away.
I generally leave the container under the lights for another couple of weeks before I give up.
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

January 15, 2013
12:14 PM

Post #9386091

[quote="VA_Wild_Rose"]You can get babies to come up even after the leaf goes away.
I generally leave the container under the lights for another couple of weeks before I give up.[/quote]

This I did not know - I have generally tossed the leaf at this point. I do appreciate the advise. Thank you so much.



aspenjocop
Northeast, MO
(Zone 5b)

January 17, 2013
8:59 AM

Post #9388119

Don't toss those leaves Carolyn LOL!!

I wish you great success with your hybridizing Karen. Gotta keep us updated when you decide to start crossing :)

LOVE the pics everyone.

Connie
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

January 17, 2013
9:10 AM

Post #9388129

Connie

I am learning...

Karen - when you start hybridizing, would you start a thread on it? I know it will take quite some time to go from pollination to seed to flowers, but this is something I have been interested in doing as well.

aspenjocop
Northeast, MO
(Zone 5b)

January 17, 2013
9:30 AM

Post #9388149

I know Carolyn and we will help you all we can :) Meant that has I have done it too many times myself. Heck, I received a Sinningia (Florist Gloxinia) years ago that was the most beautiful plant I had ever seen. It slowly died on me no matter how hard I was trying to save it. Well, little did I know they are grown from tubers and it was going dormant. I threw it away!! I wish there was a group like this back then.

Here is a pic of what the seed pod looks like on a strep. Pretty neat!!

Connie

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lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

January 17, 2013
9:58 AM

Post #9388181

LOL...the giant of all seedpods!

Lynn
aspenjocop
Northeast, MO
(Zone 5b)

January 17, 2013
10:11 AM

Post #9388191

LOL!! Was trying to keep it isolated and in the window but that sucker sure did stretch LOL!!!

Connie
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

January 17, 2013
10:22 AM

Post #9388207

Thank you, Connie. I really appreciate it.

lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

January 17, 2013
11:22 AM

Post #9388262

Hey all,
Don't forget to sign up for bingo! I will post the list of picks soon.
Lynn

rose318

rose318
(Patti) in Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 18, 2013
9:01 PM

Post #9389812

Kathy Ann ,
Can you tell me where you purchased your buckeye cranberry ?
It is beautiful.
Thanks ,Patti
kathy_ann
Judsonia, AR
(Zone 7b)

January 19, 2013
4:56 AM

Post #9389888

I got it off eBay from blue mountain violets. He's gone for the winter but will be back this spring.

rose318

rose318
(Patti) in Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 19, 2013
7:00 AM

Post #9389979

Kathy Ann,
I will be looking for that one. Thanks,
Patti
kathy_ann
Judsonia, AR
(Zone 7b)

January 20, 2013
5:53 AM

Post #9390943

I've seen it on there quite often from other sellers also. They all look so different when their young plants. I have tiger and Ann and grape slush, Picasso, pow wow. All are very heavily variegated av's. absolutely stunning when they r grown ups. :)
lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

January 20, 2013
11:12 AM

Post #9391323

I don't have it,but Celina Dark Velvet is another stunner.
Lynn
kathy_ann
Judsonia, AR
(Zone 7b)

January 20, 2013
2:01 PM

Post #9391502

I looked it up, it is georgious!!
EarleG
Sanbornton, NH

January 21, 2013
8:58 AM

Post #9392340

I thought I would add a couple more photos of flowering AVs. We have EverBeautiful (one of the space babies) and Playful Spectrum.

Earle

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chiquib313
Homestead, FL
(Zone 10a)

January 21, 2013
11:57 AM

Post #9392526

Here are a few of mine in bloom right now.
1. Newtown Quiet Resolve
2. Tiger (first time blooming)
3. Tomahauk
4. Buckeye Galactic Shower, with lots of large blooms.
Chiqui

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kathy_ann
Judsonia, AR
(Zone 7b)

January 22, 2013
4:56 AM

Post #9393360

Lovely Earle!! I've seen that ever beautiful on ebay, it's a looker!!! Now Newtown quiet resolve i've tried to get my hand on a few times from bluemountainviolets, and lost the bid, it always goes high $$ Love that one!!

wrangler's green pastures
Wrangler's buckboard bounce
Wrangler's pink bandit

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EarleG
Sanbornton, NH

January 22, 2013
5:57 AM

Post #9393428

Very nice photos, both of you! Thanks for sharing.

Earle
chiquib313
Homestead, FL
(Zone 10a)

January 22, 2013
9:48 AM

Post #9393661

Kathy Ann, I really like the AV's with the pink variegation in the leaves, Yours are very nice varieties.
Earl, nice Everbeautiful. Mine has yet to bloom for the first time; can't wait.
Chiqui
lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

January 22, 2013
11:04 AM

Post #9393739

Drooling on my keyboard!
Lynn
kathy_ann
Judsonia, AR
(Zone 7b)

January 22, 2013
12:16 PM

Post #9393799

Thanks chiqui! I love those pink ones too
jannich
Andalusia, AL
(Zone 8b)

January 22, 2013
5:09 PM

Post #9394094

Awesome pictures everyone,The av's so pretty,thanks for posting .

Jan
VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

January 22, 2013
5:55 PM

Post #9394137

Very nice AVs Earle, Chiqui, and Kathy Ann!
imadigger
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

January 23, 2013
10:22 AM

Post #9394832

I only have two blooming now. Most of my violets are still babies, not old enough to bloom. I get so impatient.
Here's Bell's Daydream sport. And the second one is Silverglade Fanfares.


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lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

January 23, 2013
12:29 PM

Post #9394987

Very nice Eileen!
carpathiangirl
Akron, OH
(Zone 5a)

January 24, 2013
1:22 PM

Post #9396306

Wonderful blooming season and great pictures! So glad to see a blooming Playful Spectrum, I have a mystery plant that blooms just like PS but... the leaves have red reverse, which is totally non-PS. Any ideas anybody?

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carpathiangirl
Akron, OH
(Zone 5a)

January 24, 2013
1:28 PM

Post #9396315

Another picture of Playful Spectrum in question and my sweet Snow Jewel

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lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

January 24, 2013
1:51 PM

Post #9396343

Love Snow Jewel.I have seen the one that looks like Playful Spectrum.but right now can't think of the name.Maybe it will come to me.
Lynn
VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

January 24, 2013
5:26 PM

Post #9396567

Those are beauties!
I love fantasy blooms, even in AVs!
carpathiangirl
Akron, OH
(Zone 5a)

January 24, 2013
7:19 PM

Post #9396724

Thank you ladies, those blooms are large and numerous too! Here is another great bloomer, Sinn. Gabriel's Horn Sport

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Roly0217

Roly0217
Miami, FL
(Zone 10b)

January 24, 2013
9:09 PM

Post #9396839

Love the blooms of Snow Jewel !!! Really pretty full bloom in fantasy colors !!! Also that Sinningia is looking rather pretty. I still can't grow them to save my life. Only have one left.
VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

January 24, 2013
10:34 PM

Post #9396860

Wow Maria! Your Sinn. GH sport is gorgeous!
I was just asking on the Gesneriphiles if anyone knew where to find it.
I love the colors of the sport!

Karen
chiquib313
Homestead, FL
(Zone 10a)

January 25, 2013
3:52 AM

Post #9396911

Maria, love your Snow Jewel and that sinn. isn't looking bad either. Nice growing.
Chiqui
carpathiangirl
Akron, OH
(Zone 5a)

January 25, 2013
5:29 AM

Post #9396947

Thank you my friends. The sinningia came from Dave's Violets, truly a sinningia heaven. Not only the selection is incredible, the plants he sends are very nice, in bud or started blooming very soon. Although many plants are sold out very early but there are still so many beauties to splurge on. I'm thinking about coming back in the near future. Here is Scentimental Journey, a terrific bloomer

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lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

January 25, 2013
9:33 AM

Post #9397203

Beautiful Maria! Yes,David is a great vendor and a really nice guy.
Lynn
jannich
Andalusia, AL
(Zone 8b)

January 28, 2013
5:28 PM

Post #9400619

That's a beautiful sinningia!
carpathiangirl
Akron, OH
(Zone 5a)

January 30, 2013
10:07 AM

Post #9402550

This plant followed me home yesterday. She reminded me of nothing but Tiger, same variegation, ruffled dark violet flowers. And red reverse... Are there any chances she's what I think?

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kathy_ann
Judsonia, AR
(Zone 7b)

January 30, 2013
10:36 AM

Post #9402583

I have no idea how folks can I'd av's. my tiger could look alot diff from this one. In fact , mine has quite a bit of pink in the leaves. Sure is pretty!
carpathiangirl
Akron, OH
(Zone 5a)

January 30, 2013
10:43 AM

Post #9402597

Yes, it's almost impossible to ID violets. But I thought there weren't many like Tiger. It does have pink, probably the light setting makes it paler. Does yours have red back?

Roly0217

Roly0217
Miami, FL
(Zone 10b)

January 30, 2013
2:33 PM

Post #9402870

I've got a couple of African violets budding but what I'm really excited about is my first Episcia blooming. The bloom belongs to Episcia Silver Dust.

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Roly0217
Miami, FL
(Zone 10b)

January 30, 2013
2:35 PM

Post #9402872

Didn't let me post the other photo. Lets try again.

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lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

January 30, 2013
2:37 PM

Post #9402879

Nice job Roly!
VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

January 30, 2013
2:48 PM

Post #9402891

Beautiful AV Maria!

Nice job Roly! Very pretty!

Karen
kathy_ann
Judsonia, AR
(Zone 7b)

January 30, 2013
5:57 PM

Post #9403174

They are red underneath. First one is tiger. I have a few Av's that are wilting, i'm a little worried about them, I might have put intoo much fertilizer into the water, their moist but not real wet,

1 is tiger
2 is jungle print, cool looking flowers, has two diff kinds on there.
3 is witch doctor
4 frozen in time

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kathy_ann
Judsonia, AR
(Zone 7b)

January 30, 2013
6:02 PM

Post #9403182

This is the guy I got my tiger from, he's bluemountainviolets on ebay. and this is one of his mother plants. it's quite different from mine. http://www.google.com/imgres?q=tiger+african+violet&um=1&hl=en&sa=N&tbo=d&biw=1366&bih=585&tbm=isch&tbnid=85bY8_kT6j85SM:&imgrefurl=http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/load/afrviolet/msg0422300417556.html&docid=QUKCH6IFjJ7sxM&imgurl=http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3149/2643639162_526534d02c.jpg&w=284&h=334&ei=e9AJUfD_JYbVqgHFo4HABQ&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=954&vpy=52&dur=260&hovh=244&hovw=207&tx=129&ty=121&sig=116143719170211324648&page=1&tbnh=147&tbnw=134&start=0&ndsp=20&ved=1t:429,r:5,s:0,i:99
carpathiangirl
Akron, OH
(Zone 5a)

January 30, 2013
6:25 PM

Post #9403221

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! what a picture! unbelievable. Thanks for posting it!

Your violets look gorgeous, Kathy Ann. Jungle Print is so cool. The Tiger picture looks very similar to my plant as far as I can tell. Let's see it when older
lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

January 30, 2013
8:36 PM

Post #9403352

Beautiful kathy_ann!
Printmaster
Briaroaks, TX

February 1, 2013
6:07 AM

Post #9404638

Hello everyone. I'm new to the group and grow plumeria & brugmansia. But, catching the AV bug. Where can I find some of the variegated violets posted here?
Lonnie
jannich
Andalusia, AL
(Zone 8b)

February 1, 2013
6:37 AM

Post #9404659

Welcome Lonnie,there's plenty of vendors to buy from ,there listed in the sticky at the top of this forum,but winter shipping is pricey.then there's ebay,then there's local av clubs that has there sales and there plenty in Texas.Maybe there's one in your area.Are you anywhere near the Norne(sp?) area.A friend told me there's a nursery there that sells av.s

http://www.avsa.org/affiliates/region-6-dixie-west

Forgot to mention swapping with other members on the forum.That's always fun.I believe there's a few members that have the Brug bug.There trade lists are posted at the top of the forum also.

Jan

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meag848
Kittrell, NC
(Zone 7b)

February 1, 2013
2:57 PM

Post #9405211

Me! Me! Me! Lonnie, I can trade you some variegated av leaves for some brugmansia cuttings when the weather gets right.

Jan sent you an d-mail

melanie
aspenjocop
Northeast, MO
(Zone 5b)

February 2, 2013
12:05 PM

Post #9406079

Beautiful pics as always!! Thanks for sharing them everyone :) I have been busy cleaning mine up and have started propagating some for spring. Ground Hog didn't see his shadow so I am keeping my fingers crossed lol.

Connie
kathy_ann
Judsonia, AR
(Zone 7b)

February 3, 2013
6:02 PM

Post #9407435

I have a few knats flying around my av's what can I do to get rid of them?
VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

February 3, 2013
8:37 PM

Post #9407566

I use mosquito dunks. I keep one in the pitcher I collect my tap water in.

This link says to crumble a piece off...
https://www.icmag.com/ic/showthread.php?t=142461
kathy_ann
Judsonia, AR
(Zone 7b)

February 4, 2013
8:20 PM

Post #9408816

well, I never thought of that.
VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

February 5, 2013
9:53 AM

Post #9409225

Please join us over here... http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1297088/

For a new month of pics and chit-chat!

Karen

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