Yikes! What have I gotten myself into? :)
I've always loved African Violets but I was always too chicken to even try to actually keep one alive. I've never been successful growing much of anything. Long story short -- I've finally had to stop working due to my Multiple Sclerosis and I decided I wanted to spend my time doing things I've always wanted to do. So far Painting and African Violets have won out. I went crazy when I found out there are such a thing as miniature AVs-- I'm a sucker for anything miniature-and bought like 12 online without having any idea what to do with them. Well, needless to say I am now obsessed with keeping them alive. Some are blooming a little but those are the ones that arrived with some buds on them. Those seem to be doing pretty good. The ones that did not have any blooms still do not have any blooms. I've been reading and reading and mostly I've just gotten more confused. It seems there is so much minute and subjective information about AVs requirements and ideals--I was hoping for hard and fast rules I guess! How much Light, How close the light should be, Florescent vs Incandescent vs LED, Crowns,Suckers, Repotting vs keeping them in tiny containers, Temmperature, Water, Food, Don't get the leaves wet vs Its ok to get the leaves wet if it is not cold water.....Distilled Water vs RO Water ( I didn't even know what RO water was) vs Springwater..... my head is spinning!!! LOL....
Now I'm wondering what the heck I got myself into. I'll be heartbroken if one of these darling little things die....
That's it, I just wanted to share my apprehension. I'm going to keep reading and hope I can keep these babies alive!
Thanks to everyone for sharing your expertise and experience here on this forum!!