Where the heck can I buy an av in Florida? I've looked all over. Is there a good mail order place anyone can recommend? Thanks.
My very favorite place to buy AVs is from local AV club members or shows or conventions. We are starting into the spring show time and there should be a LOT of AV shows in Florida, as there are some fantastic clubs there. Bit far for me to drive, though. You can check out the AVSA web site for clubs in your area, and you can also check the Coming Events to see when shows and sales will be occurring. Hope you find something you like! And of course our Corpus Christi Texas Show & Sale is Feb 17 & 18 if that is not too far to go for a violet!!
Best of luck with your search!!
Marjorie in Corpus Christi TX
Here is a link that might be useful: AVSA
Thanks Marjorie! I'll check it out right now. As my husband has found out from driving me all around Fla., you can never go too far for a plant!lol He wants to move to TX this year to get away from this homeowner's insurance nightmare we have here, so maybe I'll be shopping in TX next year!
A friend of mine lives in a Tampa Bay area and sells violets on ebay. She has an extensive collection and grows them for sale. Her ebay name is aurikab. Check her sales - she is in AVs and begonias - and if you like what she sells you can send her an email - it is possible through ebay if you are a member - and decide if you will be interested to deal with her .
Yes, I love Ebay and will check her site out. Thanks.
I second Irina on Aurika. She's wonderful. Shipping may seem a bit high; however, the plants are so well packed it's well worth it. And they are very, very healthy.
I've never bought AVs from Aurika as she seldom has trailers but her begonias are to die for :-)
Where are you in Pasco County? I,m in Hernando across the street from you.
I'm in Florida and have no problem finding quality AVs. Local Nurseries, Lowes, Home Depot, etc.
I just check them really well for signs of good health.
Good Luck from a Fellow Floridian!
I live in Florida also and have gone to lowes and Home depot, even Walmart has some. But they don't have variegated ones, just the plain ones. Only once I saw 2 variegated ones in Walmart but they were in poor health. So i've ordered mine online.
I still believe we can find healthy plants locally to grow and enjoy, without ordering on-line.
After all, they are just plants.
After all, they are just plants
Oh Cometgirl, you pick the wrong place to make a statement like that. lol ;o) African violet aren't just plants. They are a way of life. lol
All kidding aside. The variety of plants that one can get from Home Depot, Lowes and your local nursery pales in comparison with what one can buy online and through mail-order. As smithjm said she has only found two variegated violets at Walmart. I have never seen a variegated violet at a local store or nursery. I see very few fantasy violets and never see any chimeras. Some of us like the characteristics that a certain violet has. Finding those violets at a local store is pretty much impossible. In Denver we are fortunate to have have a local violet grower called the Violet Showcase. Although they sell locally through their store, a majority of their business is mail-order. Even so, they don't necessarily have every violet that I want to purchase. If it weren't for a selection of online and mail-order establishments I would not have the variety of plants that I own.
Of course, you can find African violet that local stores. And if you're happy with the selection then that's great, but by doing so you have greatly limited the kind of violets you will be able to purchase.
I am not trying to offend anyone! Actually, I am a horse person and a published freelance writer, not an AV expert. But I do love the AV and I am here to learn from other nice people, not offend them!When I feel a sense of offense, I simply ignore the response.
I am happy with some of the things I have already learned from this website. I don't raise these plants to show them.
No offense taken here. Sometimes this forum or others can get heated over the stupidest thing! I mean we all have opinions and we all have are own way of doing things. Some ppl can't understand that, and think their way is the only way. I sometimes get my head chewed off here for writing something someone thought as offensive. Sometimes i'll read the post I just wrote and don't see anything offensive about it. But someone will read it and totally twist everything and get offended. Some ppl are more sensitive than others and you really have to watch what you say or you'll hurt them etc. Or if you're like me, you'll say what's on your mind and not sugar coat anything.
Well, I have a spare 2 cents, and this looks like a good place to spend it.
Whether one collects AVs, stamps, coins, horses, roses, or whatever, one eventually progresses beyond 'a red one, a yellow one, a nickel, a dime, and a quarter.'
Comet girl, I'm sure if you were to consider purchasing a horse, you wouldn't just say you wanted a brown one.
When my mother asks for a rose bush on Mother's day, believe me, she has a very specific NAMED rose in mind, not just a yellow one.
And so it becomes with most people that love and collect African violets. The ones that we see by the hundreds at Home Depot, Lowes, Wal-Mart, and so on are probably not named, so it is just a cute pink one. But if you have a cute pink one, maybe you would like a cute pink one with variegated leaves. Or a double blossom. Or a single blossom with fantasy markings. Or a double blossom with fantasy markings. It goes on and on, just like the rose and its constant hybridazation that gives us Peace, Chrysler Imperial, Tropicana, etc.
I myself love all violets, some more than others, but would only have about ten different ones if I limited myself to what I can buy locally. My other options are to buy online or drive to Lyndon's or Rob's Violet Barn, about an eight hour drive. Go figure.
If you wanted a brown horse, and you could only get white locally, what would you do? If you wanted an Appaloosa and had to go 1000 miles to get it, would you? If you drive to get it, make sure to water your plants before you go.
I am not particularly offended by your remark, but for those of us that have moved beyond 'just plants', we tend to get a little squirrelly sometimes.
This is after all a forum to exchange ideas and information, but not everyone needs to agree about everything. The ideas are subject to creativity, however, we all have a responsibility to make certain information we share is as accurate as possible. Maybe that should be a new thread....
Good growing to all.
I do not think that it is about offending people. It is about offending THE VIOLETS. That's what gets us all let's say disturbed a bit.
First - if you are serious about them - you treat them as living beings. They are not exactly sentient beings - like horses and dogs and cats (and us pretty girls). Plants have their needs and if we give it to them as well as TLC - they reward us with their happy blooming. To treat them like "plants" - it is better to stick to the silk ones. We walk in the park and we do not break the branches, make bunches out of wild flowers etc.etc. because we appreciate the nature's beauty and want it to stay this way for other people. We love our pets and horses and are angry when somebody mistreats theirs. And God forbid if somebody tells you - why do you care - it is just a dog...
Second - we are all competitive. If we have a violet - we want it to bloom and grow to its best - for show or just for us. We do not want to put it in a dark corner and let it sit there until it dies. We want it to flourish. The same about WM violets. The are OK until you figure out that there are prettier ones. Same care - but blooms like wow. And cute miniatures, and trailers, and other gesneriads.... It is like - why eat frozen dinners every day if we can go to gourmet restorant... at least cook something nicer.
Looks like if I am grouchy on Mondays - I talk too much on Tuesdays...
Cometgirl, no offense taken here either and I hope you weren't offended by my responce. You asked earlier about fantasy and chimeral violets. Most of the fantasy violets and all of the chimaral violets you will see will come from mail-order, online or local violets club plant sales. You will not find them at Wal-Mart or Home Depot or any plant stores for that matter. Plant stores just generally do not buy and sell those kind of violets.
Here are a couple of links to two of the better known on-line/mail-order violet sellers.
Lyndon Lyon's Violets
It will be an education for you and a chance for you to see what is out there.
I have done lots of mail-order online plant purchasing it sounds a little risky, but I can assure you that I have not had one problem with any shipment. The plants always arrived in great condition and the people are some of the nicest people I have never had the fortune to deal with. So, I guess what I would like to say to you, in the kindest way, is not too knock it until you've tried it. lol ;o)
Thank you for the kind words regarding our responses to people's questions. We all love African violets and we would all like to see other people excel at taking care of their violets. My father-in-law once had a saying, "Everything it is easy when you know how to do it." lol That's basically how it is with African violets. They really are a fairly easy plants to grow, but they can be a little finicky. Put them on a watering schedule that they like, the right kind of light and fertilizer and they will perform wonderfully for a person. Also, don't be discouraged if you kill one or two along the way. I don't think there is a veteran here who hasn't killed a violet. I like to let people know that many African Violets have given their lives for my education. lol
And now I want ice cream..........and the dilemma is, do I go for white, pink, or brown,or do I go a little further down the road to the store that has hybrids like Cherry Garcia, Chubby Hubby, Vanilla Heath Bar Crunch, Orangesicle, Moose Munch. I mean after all, it is only ice cream, right?
Sorry if I offended any of you ice cream afficionados out there........
Barbara, sitting in her nightgown at 6:30 pm, can be out the door in two minutes flat.....
Hi to All:
Thank you for all your nice comments. Yes, your right! I have traveled and traveled for the right horse hay and horses!
But, lol, ironically, I have found the most beautiful AVs at a local source. Especially, the Fantasy type. Just lucky I guess!
My horses are my main loves. And, of course, I have a favorite breed of horse. But, I love learning from this website from you good people, so please don't ever think I am trying to offend anyone.
Again, thank you!
I just thought; let's not forget about our handsome men on line here, too, who provide alot of help for us!
Thank you Larry!
P.S. I have quite a sense of humor
Absolutely! Let's not forget about them! ;o)
You are very welcome!!!