AV recommended books

fortyseven_gwJanuary 30, 2014

Does anyone have this book? Or have read it?
African Violets - Gifts From Nature
The Series: Book One
By Melvin J. Robey
There are several books by this author. The website is AfricanVioletBooks.com
This is a newer edition with articles and comments by other famous AV writers. Just wondering if this is a good one to start with this author.

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The only book I ever read was by Helen Van Pelt Wilson. In the olden days before the internet, this was all I had to learn from. I recently re-read it and, except for the chapter on treating pests and diseases, (because new treatments come along all the time), it is still a good growing guide.


    Bookmark   January 30, 2014 at 1:30AM
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Thanks! I love Helen Van Pelt Wilson! I remember her books from way back when, she wrote about other plants as well. I was recently given a copy of her book. I think it was a revised edition. I love the charming illustrations.
I am surprised you read only one book, in Hort school, were there a lot of scientific or academic books to read? Or did you learn by doing and by lectures by the professors?
I found an older thread in which Melvin Robey's books are recommended. I am just wondering if they overlap in the information or if each one is a little different. (I just enjoy books and reading and hand-drawn illustrations.)

    Bookmark   January 30, 2014 at 1:49AM
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To clarify: the only book I ever read on raising African Violets was by HVPW. I began growing av's just out of high school before college. And I guess after all those textbooks on plant science, morphology, microbiology, plant biology, plant genetics, etc., etc., I didn't need any more AV books!


    Bookmark   January 30, 2014 at 3:16AM
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I read a couple av books, but their info was so laughable, none of the titles stuck. I have another on hold at the library, maybe that one will be different....
I wonder how people get funding for wish wash writing...

    Bookmark   January 30, 2014 at 7:57AM
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Linda, sounds like it was fun at the time!

    Bookmark   January 30, 2014 at 9:36PM
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Sort of like that bit about watering your orchids with two ice cubes a week, right? Where do these people come from?!


It was a blast! I love this stuff, especially plant genetics. Fascinating.


    Bookmark   January 31, 2014 at 3:12AM
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irina_co(z5 CO)

Whatever is of Melvin Robey - is the top source. The thickest book of 314 pages "African Violets- Gifts from Nature" covers everything - including hybridizing and has a decent chapter on other gesneriads. It just got reprinted - so check Amazon..

Older books - and I read the first edition of Helen VPW - and something on florist gloxinias... they recommended DDT to fight the pests. Ouch! So - use updated versions - and common sense.

    Bookmark   January 31, 2014 at 2:38PM
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Thanks, Irina! Joanne

    Bookmark   February 1, 2014 at 1:48PM
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