Went to a local violet show

eahamel(9a)March 16, 2012

and it was neat. I liked the violets, and was very impressed by another gessie that was in the show, and there were a couple on the sale table, but for some dumb reason I didn't get one. It was Chirita - sinensis 'Hisako', a well-grown specimen. Now I've got to get one from an online store and pay more. Oh, well.

Anyway, I discovered that you can propagate violets by planting bloom stems. If you have a variable one, and there's a bloom you like, and if the bloom stem has two little leaflets below the bloom, that's one that will grow from the stem, and will have only that bloom on it. Amazing, I had no idea!!

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Glad you got to see a show. I also have Chirita sinensis 'Hisako' and it's a great, if large plant. Very easy to grow. BTW, Chirita as a genus has recently been disbanded and that plant is now Primulina dryas 'Hisako', but the change is very recent and I haven't seen any retailers using the new name. Most people don't know about it.


    Bookmark   March 17, 2012 at 2:25PM
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That's interesting about the change in genus, and because it wasn't entered in the show under the new name. Maybe it will take some time to catch up to the shows.

    Bookmark   March 17, 2012 at 8:15PM
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I lost all my violets in the recent ice storm we had here in Puyallup, Wa. and we were without power for nearly four days. I had to leave my house as it got like 30 degrees inside the house. Is there a local African Society in the Tacoma or Puyallup area I could purchase vio;ets from or is there someone in the area that would sell some of theres or help me out with info where I can get some. Mine were the pretty ruffled, different colored and I nearly criied when I walked in and saw my violets. Thanks for your help. Carol T

Here is a link that might be useful: Car1932T

    Bookmark   March 25, 2012 at 10:06PM
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darlene87(z7 Wa)

There will be a african violet show on Sat. Oct. 6, at 9 a.m. at Watson's Greenhouse. They sell violets & other plants that are in that family. There is a A.V. society in Tacoma, and there used to be one is Seattle. Our son lives in Puyallup and loses his power often, but has a generator, as his wife is on life support and needs her oxygen. Good luck on rebuilding your violet family.

    Bookmark   October 5, 2012 at 3:08AM
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