Exhibited by: Diane MillerPhoto by Winston J. Goretsky
Happy New Year! The 2014 Jan/Feb African Violet Magazine has a lot of articles and news covering many areas for growers, exhibitors and judges, plus photos of show plants and new hybrids from two Russian hybridizers (pages 28 and 55). You will also find information on the 2014 AVSA convention “Violet Pickin’ in Tennessee” to be held in Nashville, TN at the Sheraton Music City Hotel, May 25 – June 1, 2014. Tours of Holtkamp Greenhouses, this year’s sponsor, will be conducted on both Monday and Tuesday. For full convention information, click CONVENTION in the top bar of the AVSA.org home page.
In "The Trials and Tribulations of the New Grower”on page 16, Neil Lipson discusses many important variables in growing African violets and ways to improve consistency to help new growers achieve successful results from the very beginning. Even seasoned growers will find Neil’s recommendations valuable and worth review.
We all have questions about water. Sharon Rosenzweig takes a look at different water sources including rain water, city systems, well water and reverse osmosis and the qualities of each type in her article “WaterQuality” on page 26.
Although “Making Order out of The Chaos that Has Invaded Your Violet Collection” appears in For Beginners column on page 42, this article is a perfect read for all of us making our New Year’s resolutions! Mary Schaeffer offers a solid nudge and suggestions to organize your plant room. She realizes that African violets are very forgiving and with a stick-to-it attitude we can all have our beautiful plants and their lovely blossoms become more fun than work.
In “How Did the ‘Wasp’ African Violet Varieties Begin”on page 44, Tina Moreno discusses the sports that produced the first wasp blossoms and how hybridizer, Jimmy Dates followed through to bring both wasp blossoms and bustle foliage to the African violet world. Many of us gravitate to these “different” varieties. Some clubs include a class for wasps and unusual foliage in their show schedules. Tina also shares a site for wasp African violet enthusiasts: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Loveforwasps//
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