Red violets

minimac(6 So In. Louisville Ky)April 2, 2009


I've been busy re-potting. Been waiting for my order from the Violet Barn. I felt a little silly ordering wick potting mix, but now so glad I did. Theirs is so much more course than what I mixed myself. Vermiculite, some pieces look like Indian beads. Perlite was also bigger, and much more of it than what I had added. The peat smelled ever so good after water was added. Glad I got it.

My next violet order I would love to get some true reds. Cardinal red, Christmas red, stop sign red, fire engine red. What out there have you seen or grown have been the closest to these colors from Lyon's or Violet Barn. Was thinking maybe Buffalo Hunt, Tomahawk, Ma's Crime Scene. Ma's Red Rover, Spring Cardinal, Jolly Texan. I've never seen a red in person. Any suggestions or recommendations would be greatly appreciated.


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Hi Debbie, I have Tomahawk and it is a beautiful red and I also have Ma's stewed tomatoe. I am waiting to see my Ma's almost autumn as I just received it on march 3rd. The one red I am trying to find is pow wow that looks like a real fire engine red._Terri

    Bookmark   April 2, 2009 at 10:40PM
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I have powwow and it is my is a picture of mine..:0)..marigene

    Bookmark   April 3, 2009 at 11:59AM
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minimac(6 So In. Louisville Ky)

Terri, Lyndon Lyon's has pow wow. They have it listed as "limited availability". Marigene, I have enjoyed your pictures and your show violets were beautiful. Congratulations! In this picture of pow wow, to me it looks violet (purple red). Is the color in your picture true? (perhaps it's my computer) There lies my problem - I'll see a picture on a site then see another picture with the same violet name some place else and the red is totally different. They have a blue over lay or purple cast. Could growing conditions affect the color?

    Bookmark   April 3, 2009 at 2:38PM
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The bloom toward the front is the bloom with the closest color.I took the picture with floresent light and I think that makes it a tiny bit lighter...Im not sure about growing conditions.I guess it could..I just put more leave down so will have babies to share after a email is if you want me to mail you leaves or want to wait for babies...:0)..marigene

    Bookmark   April 3, 2009 at 4:39PM
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My vote for reds go to Arapahoe, Tomahawk, Bob Serbin, Aca's Red Ember,Mark and Mary D.
Fred in NJ

    Bookmark   April 3, 2009 at 7:24PM
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divineappt(z10 FL)

Here's my Bob Serbin.

    Bookmark   April 4, 2009 at 7:27AM
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Here's my Arapahoe (one that Fred mentioned). It's color looks very different depending on the light - pink, red, maroonish-red, or maroonish-black! I can photograph the same flower in different light and the colors will be different. The flash affects the color too. That may be what you are seeing in different photos of the same named AV. This picture is the closest to how it looks in real life. There isn't yet a true red, but hybridizers are working on that!

    Bookmark   April 4, 2009 at 1:05PM
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Hi everyone, here is a picture of my first Tomahawk baby born 5/23/08 and this is his first flower on 2/24/09._Terri

    Bookmark   April 6, 2009 at 2:41PM
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