Super discouraged :c
Back again! I'd posted a bit ago about being really frustrated with my violets and I wanted to give an update on that situation.
They were doing GREAT when I had them in plastic bags, and by suggestion of the community, I cracked the bags every week to help get them out of the bags. 4 weeks of cracking the back open later..... they look.... eh.
I've attached a picture. No matter what I try they just look so.... sickly. I'm so discouraged. I love AV's and I want to be good at raising them but they just look so awful all the time. Even when I start with a healthy one from a nursery, they always die.
I always let their water sit out for 24 hours to remove chlorine. It's the best I can do on that front, unfortunately. I keep them in a sunny spot away from window drafts and only 1 or 2 have pots bigger than them. I assumed those would not do well but I had no other choice. I'm spending the summer at my mom's house and she never has bottles, cups or cans for me to make pots out of.
I bought them MiracleGro for AV's to solve the soil problem, which I recently found out is mostly peat moss so maybe that's my problem? I repotted them before they went in their bags a few weeks ago so I'm REALLY nervous about repotting them AGAIN if I want to add more to the soil again... Is it ok to repot them again so soon in order to lighten the soil? or is my soil ok?
Any thoughts would be appreciated. Also I always have people tell me to find a club or group or something, so I just want to clear up for you now that not only do I not know of any near me, but I'm also limited on travel so it's best I just not look into it. Thank you for your suggestions though.
PS: To clarify in the photo, the two biggest pots are 2 pieces; the disk shape at the top of the pots in the inner piece, which rests inside the outer piece, so they water from the bottom. I water all of them form the bottom and I don't fertilize because I know the MiracleGro has it already. I also don't know why the one on the far left has such long stalks.