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Old 09-02-2007, 01:38 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Default african violet

ummmm, did I kill the violet?
I got a african violet at a house warming gift and didn't know that the leafs shouldn't touch water. I poured water into the soil, but a few leaves got wet. They are not all brown, but a few have brown spots. Should I remove those or should I wait for them to turn fully borwn? ....AND how do I remove them? ....at the stem?, were the leaf meets the stem?

I can grow orchids and my violet is mad
I have it under florescent light on our breakfast bar. It's blocked from as much air as possible, but still gets a little air conditioning air on it randomly ...will that damamge it?

I didn't know they couldn't be touched either. I haven't touched them(that I can remember), but I don't know if others have ...if so will it turn brown in those spots and should I groom them off?

Thanks!

sincerely

african violet NEwb Kelly
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Old 09-02-2007, 02:37 PM
 
Location: The Great State of Arkansas
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This is just from a country violet grower - maybe the real gardeners will weigh in - if they have a little brownspot and it bothers you, just pinch the leaf off down at the soil....it's not going to heal itself! I don't worry about touching the leaves on mine - I don't go feeling of them, but they don't die and the leaves don't wilt up if I touch them on occasion. I take a little paint brush and sweep the dust off them periodically.

I don't think a little cool air is going to bother it, as long as it is not in a direct draft. Mine sit in a blazing hot west window which I don't think you're supposed to do either and they grow like crazy. If the leaf stems start getting really long and out of proportion, it's not getting enough light...I know that much...!

Do you have it in one of those clay water-from-the-bottom pots? I love those, but I throw mine or the rootings from another one into most anything and they will happily grow - just don't keep the soil too wet.

That probably wasn't much help - now if you'll just come get my orchids to stay alive....
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Old 09-02-2007, 04:27 PM
 
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True Sam.. don't over water or pour water in the middle of the plant.. Touching them won't hurt the leaves.
I had always heard they had to have African violet soil if you replant it. I have had a hard time finding the soil in my little town darn it.
You do have to feed them occasionally with african violet fertilizer.
My orchids haven't done as well since I moved, in fact I have killed all but one and it is holding on by a thread..
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Old 09-03-2007, 06:34 AM
 
Location: Florida
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thanks guys ....orchids ...this is all I know.
The humidity in Florida is on my side!!!!!!!
I keep them on our porch that is shaded ALL DAY, but they get light.

there are three main types I've come across in stores.
Dendrobium are the easiest to grow. They like LOTS of water and if you nail the pot to a tree, they will start growing into a tree.

Paphiopedilum and I fight a little...I underwater them as they seem to get mad about having wet feet.

and Phalaenopsis ....we kinda get along.

....I am not good on where to trim them so I ask my friend to when she's over and by watching ...it has something to do w/ the notches.

I water(mist) mine in the morning, some get more water then others and then I water them in the late afternoon if it's horribly hot that day. I let them dry out over night(they like that). The orchid food is mixed w/ water in a sprayer(let it sit so all chemicals in the water die down) and I mist them. This creates humidity around the plant.

That's all I know.
Thanks for the help on the violets. Mine are in pots in a glass container at the moment. They are my new toy!
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Old 09-03-2007, 11:12 AM
 
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i have 2 african violets that sit in the kitchen window in florida when it issunny I move them away, the sun does burn the leaves. I also found a clay pot at home depot which they seem to like. You put the water in the bottom, and the plant in the top part. That way they donot get over watered. i killed my orchid in less than one week.

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Old 09-21-2007, 10:45 AM
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Location: West Virginia
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I have a few AV and want to make a terrarium with them any ideas? Would they live in that type of inviroment?
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Old 09-21-2007, 10:21 PM
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Like mentioned before, do not overwater them. Feed them now and then with AV plant food in the H2O. They like being rootbound and bloom better that way. I used to have a plant light under my kitchen counter with AV plants under it and they loved it.
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Old 09-26-2007, 09:35 AM
 
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My African violets always die sooner or later. I was told to do the "benign neglect" treatment, that doesn't work. I water only from the bottom, give plenty of light, special soil/fertilizer. Doesn't matter, they don't last unfortunately. But am still going to go and get another one soon! And don't even bother with orchids, I know what their fate will be!! So I have the hearty plants, succulents, geraniums, ivy, aloe, cactus. Have had one christmas cactus for years! Some of the herbs do well with me, rosemary and lavendar. But will keep trying....
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Old 09-29-2007, 06:20 PM
 
Location: Florida
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My African violets always die sooner or later. I was told to do the "benign neglect" treatment, that doesn't work. I water only from the bottom, give plenty of light, special soil/fertilizer. Doesn't matter, they don't last unfortunately. But am still going to go and get another one soon! And don't even bother with orchids, I know what their fate will be!! So I have the hearty plants, succulents, geraniums, ivy, aloe, cactus. Have had one christmas cactus for years! Some of the herbs do well with me, rosemary and lavendar. But will keep trying....
maybe their feet are to wet?
I let them dry out and then water the day after the soil is dry on top.
I've moved mine to a window that gets indirect light
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