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Anyone shorten long neck of blooming AV?

Posted by terrapots 3b Cent.CA (My Page) on
Tue, Sep 30, 08 at 22:23

I inherited an old AV that is blooming but leaning and leaves are small and yellowing. Was wondering if I should wait until it stops blooming to shorten the neck. Are AVs supposed to bloom all the time if well cared for? I have 3 other AVs that have beautiful leaves but no blooms, ironic isn't it?

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RE: Anyone shorten long neck of blooming AV?

Hi Terrapots,

It sounds like your old AV is struggling so you shouldn't wait until it stops blooming to repot it. The link below has illustrated photos of sinking a neck. If the neck is too long/crooked, click on Restoring a Violet to see how to totally re-root an AV. AVs will bloom most of the time if they have the right size pot (1/3 plant diameter - AVs bloom better when slightly rootbound), 10 - 14 hours/day of bright light (the most important factor in blooming), and are kept fertilized. Good luck on restoring your old AV!

Here is a link that might be useful: Violet Necks

RE: Anyone shorten long neck of blooming AV?

Thank you, Donna, that's a good link. It should help me a lot.

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