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Optimara AV's at Walmart

Posted by printmaster DFW TX (My Page) on
Fri, Feb 22, 13 at 9:58

Optimara had announced on FB early this week that they had shipped to Wally World and should be ready by this weekend. I checked the local store on the way home last night and BINGO!
$2.99 each made it even better!
Modesty, Scarlett, & Millenia is what I went home with, but they had several others.


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RE: Optimara AV's at Walmart

  • Posted by seaj none (My Page) on
    Fri, Feb 22, 13 at 16:12

Wow those look great! Were they in a particular spot in the store? I live in California so most stores place all their plants outside, including the African Violets and Phalaenopsis orchids even during the winter. Most look extra dead within days. Even my Trader Joe's puts their violets outside all day long in the sun and winter cold.


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  • Posted by seaj none (My Page) on
    Fri, Feb 22, 13 at 16:18

Also, did you happen to see any mini violets? Thanks again for the heads up.


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Lucky you! I called a couple of Walmarts in my area of Indiana and they don't have any. A grower from Illinois indicated she hadn't located any either. Guess we'll have to wait for another shipment!


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Did these AV's have name tags or did you just identify them from the Optimara website? I have seen them at Walmart & Lowe's but never with name tags.


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I have been to five different stores and only three had AV's. Only one had a name tag. I had to go to the Optimara site for names, "MyViolet.com". I did find a Maui too.
Two stores had them inside the building and one was outside but heated.
Lonnie


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I went to two stores and couldn't find any. I also went to an Orchard Supply and saw some nice looking violets, but the flowers weren't very exciting so I passed. Maybe the plants are taking an extra day to make it to the West coast?

This post was edited by seaj on Tue, Feb 26, 13 at 0:43


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RE: Optimara AV's at Walmart

Seaj,
There were a few mini's.
Check this link to see if they ship to your local.
http://www.myviolet.com/retail


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The link didn't show Walmart at all in my area, but three of five stores had them.
Check their FB page - Optimara African Violets.
Lonnie


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  • Posted by seaj none (My Page) on
    Tue, Feb 26, 13 at 16:01

Thanks for the tips Lonnie. I went to my third Walmart this morning and still no luck. According to their Facebook page they don't sell their minis to retail stores, and those are the only ones I have space for right now. I did try the store search on their site and it lead me back to the nursery where I bought all my violets from in the first place. I'll just head back there the next chance I get since they have a marvelous selection of mini violets. They are a retail nursery so all the plants are only $1.49 to $2.50, but they are too far away to make the trip as often as I'd like.

Does anyone know where Trader Joe's gets their violets from? I've never got a good look at their violets but I know they sell them.


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Seaj, Somewhere on their Facebook page, Optimara says they also supply violets to Trader Joes.


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Lowe's also has a few Optimara. I bought two mini's from Lowe's, they were in a tiny tea pots.
Lonnie


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My Lowes is selling a bunch of recently killed minis for $2.49 each! The way they take care of their plants is attrocious!


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  • Posted by seaj none (My Page) on
    Thu, Feb 28, 13 at 3:07

I checked out Lowe's today but there were no violets there either, but the selection of other plants was pretty great so the trip was semi-successful. I'll try my luck at Trader Joe's next. They sell them for 2.99 there, but I'm sure the plants will be in bad shape unless you get them fresh in the morning.


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aviolet6,
I agree with you. They over/under water everything. They literially don't care. The nusery has to reimburse them for anything that dies and it cost money to pay someone to water and take care of each plant.

Lonnie


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Last night (02.28.13) at my local Walmart. They still have a healthy supply of Optimara violets.

Lonnie


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Guys -

Optimara's AVs always come with fungus gnats and thrips! Get prepared to treat the pests!

Irina, the spoilsport


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  • Posted by gerris2 Zone 7a Delaware (My Page) on
    Thu, Mar 7, 13 at 9:46

I love everyones photos, thanks for sharing them.


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I'm loving the pictures also but please be careful.I bought a AV at my walmart last week and put it in a gallon plastic bag for isolation, later on I took the pot off but still in the bag and looked with my mini microscope and found soil mealies.Isalate,isaltate,isalate.

Jan


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