A SHRINKING violet might describe a timid wee soul, but when it comes to African violets
, you couldn't be any more wrong.
That original African violet
plant has now given birth to thousands of varietals, ranging in colors beyond the shade of violet to include blue, red, pink, white and bicolored "pinwheel.
Holtkamp, whose family has been involved with African violets
since the seedlings first came to America adds, "The African violet
is a really easy plant to look after and one that will bloom continuously throughout most of the year.
do best in good light, but avoid the strongest sunshine, especially in summer, and lastly, they thrive in an area of high humidity, which is admittedly not always easy to provide in most of today's very warm
dogwoods If you want to increase your houseplant stock, leaf cuttings may be taken between spring and late autumn and are particularly suitable for propagating African violets
, Begonia rex and streptocarpus.
To thrive, the African violet
needs continuous warmth, good light, high humidity, careful watering and regular feeding.
Photo: Miniature species in foreground compare with full-size African violet
Buy the African violet
growing medium from a scientific supply house or from Carolina Biological Supply, Gladstone, Ore.
Photo: Magnifying glass aids sowing of tiny African violet
She was a longtime member of the African Violet
Society, loved riding horses, and loved all animals.
DEEP PURPLE: African Violet
thrives on sills SPINDLY: Spider Plant
The nursery is the world's leading producer of streptocarpus,a breed related to the African violet
, and has won numerous awards for the flowers.