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)

Patience Is A Virtue I lack !!

What a surprise to learn  many African Violets hobbyist are just like me!!  Our interest in the lovely plant goes  back  many years, we grew so many pots of violets it became an overwhelming task; plants, pots, light units were all stored away.

“Never again!” was the silent resolve until one day…………………..not sure exactly what happened but the bug bit hard!!

Out comes the “violet stuff” that has been packed away.   Tighten’ them shelves, wash  dem pots, trek to the garden center for the prepared mix and some extra perlite!  There is so much to do.

Oh why did I sell all my African Violetmagazines on ebay?  Wonder how much has changed in the past few years?  Are my favorite hybridizers still hard at work?   Gotta’ rejoin AVSA.

Hey, I don’t have to wait for the catalogs now!  Just go online and WOW!! (the pictured plants are gorgeous) I can not believe how the cost of things has changed!!   Leaves used to be 50 cents,  plants  $2 for the  really special ones, shipping cost was negligible!!

Yep, times  and prices have changed, but already I feel that old anticipation  to see a gorgeous 8 inch semi-mini  with a gleaming crown of beautiful flowers.

Not mine, but I can dream

Color is great, but no ordinary NOID (no name) this time round..No sir, my green darlings will have registered  names.  Since there are no growers or clubs with which I can associate, the required cash outlay demands that I start with a couple of small registered starter plants and an assortment of 20 pedigreed leaves from a dealer I recognized off ebay.

Leaves arrive and are promptly prepared

The assortment of leaves arrive on one of the hottest days of summer, with baited breath I open the box, expecting to see mush.    Low and behold, I pour out 21 packs (got a bonus) of  fresh, crisp leaves….all labeled!   I am on my way!!

Most of the afternoon is spent carefully labeling containers; putting down those precious beginnings of a new collection.   Finally,  they are snuggling in the nursery;  soon there will be babies to share, blooming plants to admire! I dream!

I wait, and I wait!  Why don’t I see little ears on those mother leaves?   I wait some more!

I have got to see some color; in desperation, I go to a home improvement store  to find a couple of blooming Optimara violets (NOID).     I wait.

It took forever, but one day there is  a little ear on one leaf!!!  Everyday the trays are examined, one by one babies appear.   Then I wait!

Will those baby leaves ever get to the size of a nickel (or even a dime)?   I wait impatiently!

Memories of  good experience in the past always speed events of the good old days.  With violets, it is no different.

When separating  babies this past week, and revisiting records on the mother leaves, the realization hit.   These little treasures are right on schedule!

The separated treasures  are right on schedule!

The separation of clumps is taking place EXACTLY three months to the day of the original putting down of leaves.

A  reasonable schedule of development is: roots  during first month, ears during the second  month, by the end of three months there should be enough growth for the babies to be separated from Mom.