Do people routinely achieve at home what I see at Pikes?
This is, in fact, a sort of follow-up to my other thread where I was asking about why my AV-s no longer bloom.
Well...one of them clearly got root-rot, leaves were limp and did not seem to recover, roots looked woody-brown...so I threw it way. And like someone here once described ..."when you give a mouse a cookie"...because I threw it away, I had to buy a replacement.
I picked again a classic, crazy blue-violet ruffled one - an absolute beauty. Pretty large too. Fool bloom, tons of flowers, incredible color, the works.
What troubles me is that, based on my experience, once this cultivar-induced blooming goes away, it will never look the same again.
So my question is: do some people actually manage to make them bloom again like they were when they got them from the store?
I am attaching some pictures here. The blue one is the new beauty, just arrived from Pikes (seems very healthy).
The burgundy one is one I have had for 6 months and it qualifies as one of my successes as it is still miraculously blooming while the others have completely ceased to bloom and one got complete root-rot;...but as you can see, the bloom is pretty pathetic compared to what you get from the store the first time. I should note that the burgundy one was almost as full when I first got it from the store.
So ...anyone makes them bloom again like the cultivars do?