New Introduction Leaves
How would you like to have a total of thirty-two (yes, 32), New Introduction leaves to share with friends, your club, or just to enjoy for yourself? Pat Hancock details how you can obtain New Introductions from some of AVSA's best commercial hybridizers. Click here to read the article.
November - December 2016
On the cover:
Semiminiature variety: Kentucky Berry Bush
Hybridized by: Dave Rollins
Exhibited by: Patricia Gibson
I have mentioned the contest, but not provided information on the articles. Since it would be impossible to mention every article here, I would like the judging to be impartial and allow the panel to read each entry without outside influence. Let me tell you, these articles are all very good! It is worth looking at the magazine to see the growing tips, personal stories and of course, the fabulous color photos.
Happy Holidays to each of you. May you have happy growing and find the perfect plants for 2017.
Sue Hoffmann, Publications Chairman
- “Question Box” Columnist Bill Price tackles both simple and complex questions sent in by his readers. One of the most frequently asked is, “Can I use regular potting soil for my violets – none of the local garden centers carry African violet soil?” In this issue, Bill discusses commercial mixes, additives such as coarse perlite and vermiculite, and why most growers amend their pre-packaged soilless mix. See page 6 for his answer, plus several other questions pertaining to proper light and disbudding.
- “The Violet Network” Jennie Lawrence offers an excellent walk-through of the AVSA.org website in her latest column. “A slideshow of various violets proved to be mesmerizing.” Well, the website not only provides a feast for the eyes, but strives to answer questions explaining the mission and goals of the society, and provide links to cover all African violet interests. The viewer can explore availability of Library materials for affiliate programs and access an online index for all articles contained in issues back to 1947. Thanks to Barbara Burde, chairman, and members of the AVSA Internet committee. See page 23.
- “Passing Along the Passion for Growing” Karen Kennedy, member of the Garden State AVC, shares her club’s desire to “share the passion” of growing, showing, and designing with beautiful plants. Karen’s photos include winning exhibits from their show: Best Dish Garden, by 7-year old Katie Ferguson and Best Design - Best Underwater Arrangement by thirteen-year old, Frankie Bal. She says, “if children find the meetings fun, everyone benefits.” No one can argue with that! On page 32
- “2016 AVM Library Message” Anne Nicholas, Chairman for the AVSA Library Committee, offers a look into new programs available for both personal viewing and affiliate programs. One recent addition is a “Walk Through” of the Design division at this year’s national AVSA show in Albuquerque. Paul Kroll and BJ Ohme, two judges and well-known designers were filmed as they tour and comment on the show designs. Their comments are definitely teaching and learning tools for both designers and other judges. Check it out on page 37.
- “AVSA’s Best Variety List for 2016” compiled by John Carter, <email@example.com>Here is a list of the top 25 favorite varieties for 2016. Members submit their favorites online to the address above or by mail. The majority of these plants appear in many shows – often taking the top awards. 1) Precious Red; 2) Rob’s Chilly Willy; 3) Buckeye Cranberry Sparkler; 4) Cajun’s Fair Maiden; 5) Frozen in Time; 6) Ness’ Crinkle Blue; and 7) Rob’s Boolaroo. For the complete list, see page 38.
- “My Eureka Moment” by Barbara Brenchley (reprinted from the AVS of South Australia Newsletter, Gloria Wood - Editor.) What a valuable lesson learned in this article. The outer leaves of Barbara’s plants were yellowing for no apparent reason. After running pH tests on one affected plant, soil at the top of the plant’s root ball measured 6.5 while it tested at 4.0 on the bottom of the same root ball! How unexpected! You can read her full article on page 60.
Although we have not had a lot of members with missing AVMs, we would like to let you know the procedure for those of you who do not get your magazines in a timely manner. The magazine is usually mailed, by BULK MAIL, by the last week of the month prior to the issue date. Once it leaves our local mailing facility there are many factors that can affect the arrival of your magazine. These are completely out of our control. If you feel you have missed your magazine, please follow the steps below and we will send you a replacement copy.
- Make sure expiration date has not expired.
- Make sure your address is correct with our records.
- With so many different factors, please wait until the 20th of the issue date to notify the office for your replacement.
- Once the office is notified, we will mail you a replacement via First Class mail.
Please contact the office by email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (844) 400-2872(AVSA) with any questions.
This website contains an online index of the African Violet Magazine with Authors, Titles & Subjects. The following link takes you to a page where you can list the contents, alphabetically for any year back to 1947. All past issues of the African Violet Magazine are in our database.
- Online African Violet Magazine Index for all issues back to 1947
- Online African Violet Magazine Listing of Photographs for recent issues
Best of The African Violet Magazine (AVM)
Every year the best articles published in the previous year of the AVM are announced. Selection is done by voting for the top 5 of the year. Below is a sample of some of the articles that have been garnered "Best of AVM". Content has been graciously provided by Sue Hoffmann and the Pubs Committee. All articles are in PDF format.
- Location, Location, Location by Paul Kroll - Sept/Oct 2012
- Don't Lose Your Crown by Pat Hancock - MarApr 2012 Pg 11
- Recognizing and Correcting Light Problems by Amy Cash Allison Jan/Feb 2012 Pg 38
- Underwater Flower Arrangements by Edna Rourke - May/June 2012 Pg 42
- Preventing Virus July 2011
- Tidbits for the Novice African Violet Grower May 2011
- Problem Solving by Barb Pershing Jan/Feb 2001 Pg 18
- Going Home by Linda Golubski Jan/Feb 2001 Pg 21
- Grooming and Judging Trailers by Velma Lewis Nov-Dec, 2000 pg 50
- Ten Basic Principles in Growing Show Plants by Mary Stallings Nov-Dec, 2000 pg 48
These are just a sampling of articles you'll find when you receive the African Violet Magazine as a member of AVSA. (All articles are in PDF format)
20 or 27 Physan or Phyton
African Violet Culture - Basic Care
African Violet Terms
AV Judging - Beginner
Basics of Flower Arrangements
Best of Show-Ultimate Experience
Different Methods of Watering
Diseases of African Violets
Flower & Leaf Types
How To Repot to Bury a Neck or Rescue a Violet from Root Rot
Keep It Simple
pH - Does it Really Matter?
pH, Rx For Healthy Plants
Secrets to Blooming
Start A Club
Wicking African Violets