Odd growth

tommysmommy(Colorado)May 12, 2010

Hi all, jumping over from another forum with a question about my african violets. Both are variegated leaved variety (used to be one plant and I split them up). They're growing like gangbusters in a north window, but recently the central leaves are whiter than greener, and rather stiff and hard. I haven't done anything different, could it be a disease?

Thanks for any advice,


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irina_co(z5 CO)

Diane - my guess they are cold. Just this time of the year when you stop your furnace (not today, no-no). Usually the cooler it is - more white the variegated leaves become. It will warm up - and they will get greener. You can as well give them a fish emulsion drink.

I do not know what stiff and hard means. Keep an eye on them, may be it will resolve on its own when the weather will warm up. You can always increase the humidity by covering your plant with a plastic dome (angel cake top for example) and see how it goes - it is like a spa treatment. Could be low humidity, could be to0 much light.

Good Luck and keep us posted


    Bookmark   May 12, 2010 at 7:09PM
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I don't think that it is a problem with too much light. North windows don't give you that much unless you are below the equator. More likely than not I suspect that the plant is cold as Irina said. Try moving it to a warmer area with a western exposure and give it a shot of fish emulsion.
Fred in NJ

    Bookmark   May 12, 2010 at 8:59PM
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