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Posted by tgplp 8a (My Page) on
Thu, Jul 19, 12 at 19:28

I am new to African Violets, and I'm wondering why chimeras are in their own category from standard african violets. I understand they have BEAUTIFUL flowers with stripes on each petal, which I adore, but why put them in a different category? Do they have a different growth pattern? On Lyndon Lyon's website, they only sell chimera plants, not any leaves, and they are much more expensive. Why is that?

Yikes, sorry, so many questions! :)
P.S. if anyone has a chimera leaf to spare, I would love one. I have some pretty african violets (no named cultivars yet) that I would be happy to send a leaf or two in return.

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RE: chimeras?

Taryn, Chimeras are in their own group because they are literally 2 plants in one with both plants being partially expressed in the pin-wheeled colored flower.

These unique plants are only stably propagated when grown from a sucker as opposed to being grown from a leaf, however, I have heard you can grow them from a flower-stalk if the stalk has large enough leaflets to allow it to survive to the point of producing plantlets (I have never been successful doing this). This also explains why they're so expensive because because the propagating expense is much greater.

This website seems to give a good technical explanation:

RE: chimeras?

The Violet barn has a very good explanation to your question with pictures as examples.
Type in "Propagation of chimera African violets" in their search box. They make it easy for anyone to understand by showing how it's done.

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