Green water

jessie1754(9)March 26, 2014

Will some one please tell me how to keep the water from turning green? I wick my few violets, and I use clear deli containers. But the water keeps turning green. What can I do to stop it? Any help would be greatly appriceated .

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Linda

You need an algaecide. I use Physan 20 available from Cape Cod Violetry.

Linda

    Bookmark   March 26, 2014 at 1:51AM
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Mary246

Or another idea is to make your clear containers opaque. I wonder if you could sponge paint most of the container just leaving a small area to show the level of the water.
I don't know for sure this would work but it is something to think about.
Mary

    Bookmark   March 26, 2014 at 12:01PM
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paul_(z5 MI)

Or just put the clear deli containers in an opaque cache pot.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2014 at 2:34PM
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Vikki(7b / 8)

How much Physan 20 per gallon do you put in?

    Bookmark   March 26, 2014 at 6:56PM
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jessie1754(9)

Has anyone ever used peroxide! I was told to
Use 3oz. Per gallon of water . Just wondering if anyone has done this before.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2014 at 12:23AM
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Linda

Vivey,

Three quarter teaspoon per gallon of water. Here's some useful info from the Violet Society.

Linda

Here is a link that might be useful: Physan/African Violets

    Bookmark   March 27, 2014 at 1:57AM
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Vikki(7b / 8)

I just looked it up on the Cape Cod Violetry site and here is the description:

"Used for sterilizing trays, pots, or
working tools. Add to wick
containers or matting to eliminate
algae. Can be sprayed on plants
for control of powdery mildew.
Note: this will affect your blossoms."

I don't know what affect on the blooms it has, but I THINK I'll look into that before trying it.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2014 at 8:00AM
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jessie1754(9)

Thanks for the help. You guys are a big help.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2014 at 9:06AM
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Linda

Vivey,

It has an effect on your blooms if it is sprayed onto them. Putting it in the water is a common practice and will not affect the blooms in this way.

Linda

    Bookmark   March 27, 2014 at 1:31PM
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Vikki(7b / 8)

Thanx! I wonder why they don't say that . . .

    Bookmark   March 28, 2014 at 8:46AM
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1beautylover2012

I would say nothing - just let it be. At the meeting in our AV club we discussed this issue and got an answer - it's good for a plant if it's creating this "nasty" greens. Some of my AVs don't have it and the plant next to it has bright green water and nothing will change it - not a new container, new cord or water
Polina.

This post was edited by 1beautylover2012 on Sun, Apr 13, 14 at 9:35

    Bookmark   March 30, 2014 at 2:36PM
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jessie1754(9)

Thanks beautylover. Your plants look just fine.

    Bookmark   March 31, 2014 at 1:44AM
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