U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Garden
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
 
Old 07-06-2013, 07:02 PM
 
Location: Tampa bay
1,014 posts, read 1,249,601 times
Reputation: 1369

Advertisements

I just love them...here in Pinellas county there is a ban on african violet fertilizer for envirmental reasons....What can I give them instead? thanks
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 07-07-2013, 05:11 PM
 
15,743 posts, read 13,167,427 times
Reputation: 19636
Quote:
Originally Posted by carolyninfl View Post
I just love them...here in Pinellas county there is a ban on african violet fertilizer for envirmental reasons....What can I give them instead? thanks
Are they outside?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-07-2013, 05:15 PM
 
Location: McKinleyville, California
6,413 posts, read 8,853,968 times
Reputation: 4190
Quote:
Originally Posted by carolyninfl View Post
I just love them...here in Pinellas county there is a ban on african violet fertilizer for envirmental reasons....What can I give them instead? thanks
Diluted coffee, black of course, provides acid and nitrogen.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-07-2013, 07:13 PM
 
2,063 posts, read 6,239,867 times
Reputation: 2712
Quote:
Originally Posted by lkb0714 View Post
Are they outside?
I was wondering the same thing since houseplants generally don't have an environmental effect.

I also checked why the fertilizers specific to Saintpaulias might be banned. I suspected it might be the nitrogen and phosphate content since the plants require high phosphorus fertilizers, and that appears to be the case with most of the banned fertilizers. There are at least 2 African Violet fertilizers that are specifically mentioned being permitted or "compliant" with the rules for both controlled periods of the year, so I don't think that the OP has to give them up for indoor plants.

http://www.pinellascounty.org/enviro...las-County.pdf

Note that compost and compost products of all types and brands (includes homemade) are also compliant, including "teas" which would be the best way to feed the plants if they are being grown outdoors. MiracleGro for African Violets and Schultz Africa Violet Plus are both listed as compliant for indoor plants only.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-07-2013, 07:53 PM
 
4,658 posts, read 5,905,995 times
Reputation: 9444
I seem to remember my grandmother feeding her violets with vinegar. One teaspoon white vinegar to a quart of water. You might try it on a single plant first and see what happens.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-09-2013, 11:09 AM
 
Location: Aiken, South Carolina, US of A
1,752 posts, read 3,619,409 times
Reputation: 3521
My mom absolutely loved African violets. She had so many and the babies
she was able to make were incredible!
They were her favorite plant.
She had them all lined up on the big front window sill.
She used to save egg shells in a big glass jar filled with water.
She kept a lid on it, and would water them with that water all the time.
I never did that, and all my African violets would die.
Just something to think about trying, if you saw her violets you would
be impressed.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-15-2013, 09:35 AM
 
Location: Tampa bay
1,014 posts, read 1,249,601 times
Reputation: 1369
oh thank you all much appreciated and they are inside
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 05-30-2017, 08:03 AM
 
Location: West Central Ohio
387 posts, read 198,855 times
Reputation: 578
Can you find Miracle Grow African Violet soil? It has the fertilizer already in the soil. Plus I bet you could order AV food online. This is an old post is this still an issue?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Garden
Similar Threads
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2018, Advameg, Inc.

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top