African violins have been shown prominently in my life. When I was eight years old, my grandmother waved me a leaf cut with instructions on how to get more plants from one sheet. I did what she suggested, it made more plants and I was crocheted. This simple act gave me a lot of interest in African frogs and plants. So much, the hobby became more than 150 kinds of African fools. I just love the darn things.
40 years ago, when my grandmother gave me a leaf cut, there was no variety of flowers and leaf types as it is now. They were mostly purple blue, maybe pink or two, usually one flourished, sometimes double and white. Leaves were usually round and green. Now the variety of the plant is a mind boggling. All types of flower shapes, colors in green, yellow, red, blue, speckled, diagonal and chimeric. Leaves come crinkly, light green, dark green almost black, bent, serrated, wavy edged, red back, complexions with white, cream, tan, beige and pink, on the edges, through the sheet and merged on the same sheet using all models. There are standards, semi-miniatures, miniatures and following purple. Search online for the photos of the African Fiesta Society in America. There are several thousand images of varieties. It's eye candy for nuts.
Their popularity over the years has not changed. Violets are still the queen of houseplants. They are easy to grow when you give your needs and they reward with tons of flowers. Most varieties are almost always in bloom. There are enthusiasts who buy their plants from grocery stores or stores and only hold a few. There are those who go straight to the hybrid and buy plants or leaves from them. Usually these are more expensive than they are certainly worth if you want to get unique purple. Someone who mixes specializes in four classes. For example, Ralph Robinson in Central NY specializes in miniatures and semi-miniatures while his wife specializes in standards. Their violins carry their name in descriptions like Rob's Navel Navel and Watermelon. Yes, Fuzzy Navel is the name of purple. I think my favorite name is Rob Suicide. You can also find leaves and plants online from numerous greenhouses as well as auction and sales sites.
How do you decide if you do not have all ready plants, which is growing? Their needs are all similar, so it can be a personal choice for colors, types of leaves or in many cases the size of the plants. The smaller the plants, the more you can squeeze into the collection. An African purple collection has been described as addiction so plans must be made for the number of purple that can be acquired. Not only are they beautiful, basically very easy to handle, but they are very easy to spread. One can never have just one of their favorite plants. At least I can not. Either one must keep all of them, do business for others, give them as gifts or sell them.
The sizes of plants are described as follows: standards are over 8 inches when grown. That is, their leaf measures over 8 inches from one side to another. They can be a bit smaller by removing the outer leaves regularly (do not forget to save them to spread!). Three lines of leaves are all purple need to be healthy, four or five are better. Semi-small purple measure less than 8 inches when mature and color movements grow to 6 inches or less. There is something very cute about smaller variants. Not only do they take less space but they seem to flourish more than bigger. Solid little wreath of flowers that make a fine posy.
The following information is about increasing requirements.
Soil and pots All four have a soil that contains moisture and is well drained. There are many commercial types of media specially blended for violets. If there are many violins in the collection, you can mix your own. Mix 1 part of mashosa, 1 part perlite and 1 part vermiculite. To one gallon of this mixture, add a teaspoon of limestone. African violins choose the size of the pot to be one third of their crown. They also want to be rooted, that is, their roots fill pots. This encourages rapidly growing and flourishing. Standards should never have a pot that is more than 4 cm in diameter. Semi-miniatures will do well in a 3-inch pot and miniatures should have a 2 and a half inch pot.
Lightbreakers can not withstand full sun. It pumps them and burns them and they drop rapidly in health. If you have only a few purple and they are on a window, then the east window is the best. Morning sun is usually not strong enough to hurt violins. The west facing windows is second best, although in hot climates it may be necessary to slide a curtain between the plant and the window. The southern view window does not have to be used without a clear curtain between the plant and the window, shading from a tree, or the plant returns from the window with a few feet. Winter is the only time that purple can see all the sun in the southern exposure. The sun is not strong enough to damage the plant. Violets can grow under artificial light. Growing light or just ordinary light bulbs work fine. A few attempts must be made to determine the best distance between pears and plants. I grow at about 2 feet from the lamps. If there is not enough intensity, purple & # 39; The leaves will stretch upwards. The whole plant will look pale and it will not flourish. If it is too much, the leaves will fall down and hug the pot, the cores will be tied up and fragile, leaves and flowers will be deformed.
Water This is probably the only factor in growing birds that seems most complicated. One hears horror stories about disasters wrongly floating or have experienced their first hand. Put your mind down and focus on what the plant needs. Violets constantly require soil moisture, but not water-soluble. There are many ways to provide this. The first liquid with a long tube of water, is sufficient for only a few plants. One has to be careful not to get water in the middle or on the leaves. This is because it can cause spots or damage to the leaves if the water type is too hot or too cold. Also, the salts and minerals in water will leave white spots when the water evaporates. Too much water in the crown can cause rotting. If you drain the water at night before sitting, it becomes room temperature when you water the plants and there will be less problems with cold water. To avoid the leaves together, you can water the plant from the bottom. Put the water in the pot. Continue until no water is absorbed. Then dump the water into the pot and let the plant drain. Do not let African purple stand in water. It will choke roots, start rotating the plant, and it will die. Regularly plant liquid from the top to rinse the fertilizer salts from the pot. If there is a lot of frogs involved, use wick method or capillary food. However, direct methods are subject to hacking technology to get water in the pot. A piece of wick made of nylon strings or yarn is used. Put one end that has been unrated into the bottom of the pot and crawl the wick through the drain. Either it has gone to another vessel that holds water or puts the plants on the platform to keep them out of the water while the wings reach into a common water zone. The water will be pulled up wick and into the pot. Capillary matting works the same unless the plants sit on the food. I use a piece of synthetic blanket instead of much more expensive rugs and trays that lack drainage. I water when the mat dries out just barely wet and some pots are light and dry. Then I pour enough water to drink the food completely and leave little water left. The plants should suck it up very quickly and if they do not and it is more than very wet, drink the water. The soil needs to be molded differently than for other friezes that are watered from the top or bottom. Blends that are usually perlite work best. Perlite has an amazing natural capillary action. My favorite mix is half perlite and half vermiculite. So how do you say if African elephant needs water? The number one tool to determine if water is needed is as simple as an index finger. If you touch the soil and it is dry to touch or just not moist, need purple water. The best part is that if the soil is very moist, not wet or bent like no desert like either.
Feeding African frogs are heavy bloomers and require high phosphorus levels. African purple food is sold for this purpose. It has a lower amount of nitrogen and potassium and a higher amount of phosphorus. How do you know what to buy? There will be three numbers to look for something like that: 10-10-10. The first number is nitrogen, the other is phosphorus, the third is potassium. A typical analysis of African fools would be 8-14-9 or 5-15-5. The middle number always needs to be the highest number. Overfeeding is very bad for violets. It causes the salt of salt to accumulate as burning and damaging roots. The factory is poor and can even die. Follow the instructions on the fertilizer label as to how much and the frequency of application. Most employers use the fertilizer at a quarter speed and feed every time they apply for water. If wick, capillary or bottom fluid is used, it is very useful to rinse the pots from the top with fresh water. Indeed, the purple will really appreciate a complete shower. Wait! Did I not get the papers wet? Yes I did. Do not get them wet with cold water. Hot water is fine and the spray in the sink cleans and freshens the leaves and allows fresh water to rinse the pots. Do not put wet plants as it is noticeable or in direct sun after a shower. I rinse pots when the food has to change, which means that it's a common flower. When it turns green and dark, I change the food and wash them in the washing machine with pink to get rid of algae and fertilizer salts.
Grooming In addition to rinsing the plants once, the elephants can be cleaned using an art gallery to brush the dirt and dust of the leaves. This is a good job to keep the plants healthy because dirty sheets can not be formed very well. This is also a relaxing way to evaluate the plants and to look for dead or dying leaves or flowers to remove. I also remove leaves that just destroy the symmetry of the plant. Anyone hidden from others or extending beyond their order. Small plants often form where the blade meets the crown. These are called suckers. Let them grow large enough to distinguish if they are fluorescent buds or suckers. Remove the suction bowl with the tip of the toothpick, bamboo skewer or pencil. If the suction bowl is allowed to remain, it must form a large number of crown plants. This can be attractive, but the contract is striving to expand one, well-grown, symmetrical crown. Also, if the plant is putting its energy into a sucker, it is not producing floral. The flowers are the reason for growing in African frogs in the first place.