Benefits of Club Membership

 Greatest  Benefits 

The simple pleasure of meeting  face-to-face to discuss growing African  Violets is  one of the main reasons for being part of an African Violet Club.

Whether a ‘Newbie’ who has never grown African Violets or a more experienced grower, each of us contributes information,  learns different methods for growing, shares  successes and challanges.

All of us learn to put aside our FEAR of the African Violet which seems so intimidating because  we  do not understand its simply needs—potting mixture, moisture , light.

“Rabbit ears” 

Nothing can compare to the thrill of finding the first tiny ‘rabbit ear’ on that leaf which sat  in a cup for a couple months,seeming to do nothing! that first bloom! Nothing compares to the excitement we feel.  It is hard not to become teary eyed  when we see tiny green specks where we planted invisible seeds three weeks before!

Just know each of us will share the excitement of your success as you tell us about it at our next meeting.

Be An Active Club Member

 No club functions without a lot of  behind the scenes participation.  Elected officers accept the responsibilities to present effective club functions, yet each member can make the load lighter in so many small ways.

None of us devotes his time exclusively to African Violets, but each of us can accept the responsibilty to help the club be its best.

WE ARE THE BEST—WHEN WE GIVE OUR BEST

How might we help?  Ask yourself a few questions–think about it!

  • Could  I offer to follow-up on members who miss a meeting
  • Would I be  willing to co-ordinate some simple activity
  • Will I share the benefits of  my unique talent
  • Am I willing to speak before the group
  • Have I asked: What can I do to help?

Actively Support your Club’s  affliation with the  National and Regional Societies

  • African Violet Society of America (AVSA) receive 6 issues of the beautiful full color publication the AFRICAN VIOLET MAGAZINE  
  • My club is also  an affiliate of Dixie African Violet Society (DAVS)

Sow A Seed Grow A Violet

Did I hear you say “I did not  know African Violets have seeds.”

Most  assume an African violet is always propagated using a leaf or cutting.  This is  vegetative reproduction or cloning; a very popular method,  cloning produces  a duplicate of the parent.

Assemble equipment the night before planting day

Each year hundreds of new varieties are introduced and registered with AVSA and other agencies.  These varieties are results of cross pollination to produce seeds.   That is the first step in a long process to bring to market  the named lovelies  we take such delight in.

Any  one can cross pollinate to get a seed pod;  I  purchase seeds from a dealer.   Each seed produces  a unique variety.  Should I be fortunate enough to grow a VERY different variety from seeds; I can claim ownership, name and register it;  many plants will be pretty, but very few worthy of this  honor.

Every grower should sow seeds, at least once.  Not only is it fun, it is a quick,inexpensive way to acquire a number of blooming plants in less than a year.

Part of  FUN WITH VIOLETS  can be seeing the look of amazement  when some admires  a plant and comments on how lovely it is.

You casually reply, “Isn’t it?  I grew it from seeds.”

Supplies are simple:

  1. Seeds
  2. A container with a clear cover
  3. Damp planting mix
  4. A spray bottle of water
  5. Patience

The seeds are  microscopic.

The planting tray can be any small container with a clear covering; African violets seeds must have light to germinate.  My photos show a baby food container.

Prepare to plant:

  • The night before planting seeds,  gather supplies.
  • Dampen the mix;  let it air overnight, you want a planting mix with a rung out washcloth- like dampness.
  • Put very tiny holes in opposite corners of the container; 2 top and 2 bottom

Sowing the seeds

This is what I see on the paper with naked eye. Nothing!
Under a magnifying glass I see there are seeds. Lots of seeds.

Almost 24 hours later I am ready to sow the seeds.   This is  nerve racking;  it seems I am sowing my imagination!

I open the seed pack over a creased   sheet of  white paper, as instructed; gently, I tap.  Are there really seeds in this envelope?  I see nothing on the sheet of paper!

Under a magnifying glass I am able to see lots of seeds!

Whew!

Now I  have to put them on top of the mixture in the container. I lift the creased sheet of paper ; very carefully I sprinkle them on top of the medium, I hope.

It is now a wait and see,  for from 14 – 21 days,  tiny green sprouts will begin to appear.

Before closing the lid,  spritz lightly with a spray bottle.

Remember, these seeds must have light to germinate.  Keep container at 70 -80 degrees to get plants within 2 weeks; otherwise, it can be much longer.

Stay tuned for a progress report.