Bloom Management and Disbudding?
How often should I let my violets stay in bloom? i.e. I just started a few months ago, and some are bloomed out and have been in bloom for going on a month now. I don't need them to bloom necessarily as much as they want to bloom, but if I disbud them are they going to come right back? Or is it like a cycle of blooming heavily and then taking a break. Can I start that cycle early by totally disbudding and keeping an eye on any new stalks popping up?
As far as plant health, I would assume a plant contstantly in bloom is putting it's energy into blooms and not leaves. Say I want a plant to get bigger before blooming, any problems with disbudding for quite some time?
I was at my Parent's house last weekend, and my mother has gotten a few now that I'm into them as well, and she show's me how she keeps them in bloom. So she reaches straight into the center of the crown and plucks off a perfectly good new leaf! I was a bit appalled, but that was what she was taught to keep them in bloom, something along the lines of making room for the flower stalks instead of leaves... but that would seem to me to stunt the plant's growth?