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Old 10-24-2012, 08:03 AM
 
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Well the UV index avg is a lot lower in the NE that where you are at...

But my success recipe for violets that is easy:

- Water - brita filtered and warm, watered from below(pot on tray), let dry out FULLY before next watering (dirt should be light to light but not rock desert dry)

- Soil - Miracle grow feeder pellet mix - so easy, thrives and never burnt any of my plants.

- Re-pot in larger pot when violet is getting crowded in current pot OR take off some of leaves. pick the sickly ones.

- Maintain - Regularly pull off sickly and dying leaves. Remove dead leaves from soil. Pluck of wilted blooms. They should pull easily. If not wait till the next day. This can create even more blooms.

- light - a few hours of afternoon sun here is good when the UV index is anywhere from 7-9. In the winter the do well with a plant light. If you want to trigger blooms at anytime of the year: 12 hours light under a bloom bulb/12 hours TOTAL darkness. Once triggered they do bloom for a bit without the light treatments. They sell cheap bloom bulbs at hardware stores.
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