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.

Current Issue


May – June 2016

On the cover: 

Standard variety: Cajun’s Dixie Pride

Hybridized by: Belinda Thibodeaux

Exhibited by: Mary Corondan

Photo credit: Winston J. Goretsky

This is the first full-color issue of the “African Violet Magazine,” and its sixty-six pages are packed with articles by new writers (many are entries in Pat Hancock’s Article Contest described on pg. 27), vibrant color photos of outstanding African violets as well as people, places and things!

Many violet growers, designers and enthusiasts will head to New Mexico for the annual AVSA convention being held in Albuquerque at the Crowne Plaza Hotel the first week in June. These conventions always offer good times whether it’s showing plants, creating designs, reuniting with friends, shopping the sales room, or taking advantage of tours to explore the area. (I can’t wait to see photos from the adventurous folks who signed up for the hot air balloon rides.)

You’ll want to check out the May-June AVM issue for some inspiring personal articles, a couple truly funny stories, and educational insights for all African violet growers:

  • “Can Chimera Violets Change Their Stripes?”  Robin Murray shares her personal experiences with the semi-miniature “Sierra Sunrise”. Her plant sported, and then sported again. After some research, Robin learned this plant’s interesting background and history. You won’t believe which other registered violets are all sports of this unique variety. An interesting read with color photos on page 10.
  • “I Get Letters --- I Get Phone Calls” Pat Hancock can be downright funny! She has tales to tell and many experiences that run the gamut from amusing to sad. Pat develops personal friendships that go far beyond answering questions on growing African violets. That’s just the way she goes… Who can’t laugh at the customer who has all her packages marked “HOLD AT THE POST OFFICE” so her husband won’t know she’s ordered more violets? It’s definitely worth a chuckle! Page 11
  • “Organizing Your Violets” Barbara Conrad describes her methods of organizing a violet collection. These tips will save time and prove helpful. Learn how to find plants in your collection, identify where and when you got them, plus specifics you’ve used with that variety (soil mix/fertilizer). We can all use a little help now and then. “You’ll find yourself no longer having groups of NOIDS.” Sounds like a winner! Page 22
  • “Some Notes on Girl Foliage” We’ve all seen and many have grown a “girl leaf” African violet. Dr. Jeff Smith examines the history of girl leaves. It begins with one of the 10 original African violets, “Blue Boy” and advances through girl-leaf trailers and some current well-known varieties (“Ma’s Melody Girl” - a girl mutation of “Ode to Beauty”). He explains what genes make some of the plants hard to grow (unruly) and finishes by saying that “girl foliage is one of our oldest and best-documented African violet mutations.” Page 36.
  • “2016 Vacation Guide” Here it is! This is the 2016 list of African violet growers and greenhouses to visit over the summer. Names, addresses, hours and other pertinent information are listed. Please read each listing carefully, since you may need to schedule an appointment in advance. How fun! Pages 50 and 51
  • “Historical Reflections of AV Terms” Judging school teacher and master judge, Paul Kroll, goes through African violet descriptions and historical varieties that are not always known or understood. He refers to the AVSA HANDBOOK’s drawings and historical discussion of multiple variegation types, blossom shapes, colors and history of “firsts” of their kind. It is great for beginners and a nice refresher for others. Page 56
  • “Tips for Successful African Violet Buying Online” Pat Wilson, AVSA member and proprietor of PJ’s violets on eBay explains the A-B-C’s of buying and selling African violets online. Her primary suggestion: be sure to read all listings carefully so you understand what you are bidding on. Will you get leaves, a baby plant or a plant in 4” pot? Some recommendations are common sense, but could make the difference between success and failure.  As she says, “Each seller wants you to have a pleasant experience and receive a healthy African violet.” Thanks for your suggestions, Pat! Page 60







Missing Issues

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 or phone (844) 400-2872(AVSA) with any questions.

Online Indices

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.


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