Disbudding

mscynthia(8 - just N of Dallas TX)July 3, 2007

First, I've gone crazy the last few days and bought six AVs and a set of leaves off eBay. I bought Rob's Sunspot, Rob's Argyle Socks, Ness' Sheer Peach, Ness' Angel Babe, Orchard's Bumble Magnet, a standard called Marguerite and leaves of Mac's Magical Mandarin. Oooo, I swore I wasn't going to get hooked on the mini's and semi-mini's. So much for that.

So, my question is about disbudding. Some sellers say they disbud their AVs before shipping. If the plant has buds when it arrives, should I disbud them to make adjusting to their new home easier?

Thanks,

Cynthia

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bspofford

Cynthia,

I would disbud them just to give them a little rest. They will have spent 2-3 days in a box and will be a little stressed anyway, so that will help them. It will also encourage a heavier bloom later anyway.

If you have a club in your area, JOIN. You'll meet a great group of people, and will probably be able to increase your collection for a lot less money by trading with members.

Watch out for OCAVD (obsessive compulsive african violet disorder), it is an epidemic.

Barbara

    Bookmark   July 3, 2007 at 8:16PM
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fred_hill(6)

Hi Cynthia,
I agree with Barbara, disbud the plants for their own good but only after you see what the bloom looks like and if it matches the description. If it does then I would strip it down, disbud and repot using my soil mix.
Fred in NJ (One of the epidemic leaders)

    Bookmark   July 3, 2007 at 11:24PM
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mscynthia(8 - just N of Dallas TX)

Thanks, Barbara and Fred. I've read a lot of your posts and really respect your knowledge.

As for OCAVD, it looks like it's too late for me to be saved. I'll look into a local AV society - which will, no doubt, make the OVAVD even worse. :)

    Bookmark   July 3, 2007 at 11:51PM
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bspofford

Fred, good point about verifying that the bloom is as described.

Cynthia, glad you will find a local club. It's so fun to take leaves and plantlets to the meetings, talk about a feeding frenzy! I now keep a box of baggies and a sharpie marker in my glove box so I don't forget them. I also take my list of 'haves' with me so as to not duplicate varieties. And the extent of experience of others is amazing.

Good luck.

Barbara

    Bookmark   July 4, 2007 at 12:59PM
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hummersteve

I have not fallen into the "OCAVD" just yet, I have been abstaining, but I am borderline. Its just a matter of time for me. For me its more the challenge of trying to save some from walmarts flooding hose.

    Bookmark   July 11, 2007 at 8:48AM
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