I want to grow healthy violets
Good morning everyone. I came to this forum a few days ago and posted 'in search of' as I was (and still am) looking for a Canadian source for achimenes bulbs. Since then I have been reading and looking at all the wonderful pics of your violets and am just amazed (and extremely jealous) at all the gorgeous plants!
I grew several violets, years ago, before moving to this house and I was always very proud of how well they did, even though I didn't know what I was doing. I had a huge east facing window (which I was told wasn't good for them)and they just grew and looked wonderful. When I moved here, I didn't have the same light and all of them kind of just gave up one at a time. I have tried growing them off and on over the years, but not much success. Several years ago we put a room on the back of the house with mainly windows on the east, west and south facing walls, so light shouldn't be the problem now. My neighbour occasionally gives me some babies from the ones that she starts (she will NOT through out a broken off leaf) and I try again. Right now I have one that is a couple of years old and although it is surviving, it looks nothing like the ones that I see here (or my neighbour's). I really love them , but have been refusing to buy any or take too many from my neighbour as I feel awful just bringing them home to die or suffer a sad, dull-leafed life.
Maybe since finding this forum and the wealth of knowledge that you all obviously have, I will be able to grow them and have them actually thrive and look good. The only real thing I do know about them is that they need to be watered from the bottom so as not to get the leaves wet.
My first questions are: Should I be fertilizing them right now and with what, and how do I make the leaves look nice and shiny instead of limp and dull looking?
Any tips or suggestions for how to care for my sad violet and the ones that I plan to bring home very soon, would be most welcome.