African violet


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African violet:

see gesneriagesneria
, common name for some members of the Gesneriaceae, a family of chiefly tropical and subtropical perennial herbs and shrubs with showy blossoms. The best-known members of the family are the African violets (most of which are hybrids of Saintpaulia ionantha
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African violet

[′af·ri·kən ′vī·ə·lət]
(botany)
Saintpaulia ionantha. A flowering plant typical of the family Gesneriaceae.

African violet

any of several tropical African plants of the genus Saintpaulia, esp S. ionantha, cultivated as house plants, with violet, white, or pink flowers and hairy leaves: family Gesneriaceae
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I have experimented with African violet propagation by either taking the 2- to 3-inch stem connected to a single leaf and placing the lower inch of the stem in a small water filled glass container, or by planting the stem into a small clay pot filled with moist potting soil.
Small African violets can be content on a bathroom vanity with filtered light.
This will allow chlorine, which is found in all of our water and burns African violet foliage, to volatilize harmlessly into the air.
However, if you want your plants to be in a show, they must be registered with either the Canadian or American African Violet Society.
The plants usually die from lack of correct care; with proper care, an African violet can live as long as 30 years.
Interestingly, one of the most popular and appropriate gifts this year for Grandparents Day is something that shares the holiday's roots in family heritage and the breadth of generational differences--the African violet.
Through the decades, African violet growers have tinkered with the purple, rose and white blooms.
Research and development are vital to our business," explains Reinhold Holtkamp, President of Holtkamp Greenhouses in Nashville, Tennessee, the world's largest African violet grower.
African violets (Saintpaulia) are great favourites, and their botanical name derives from Walter von Saint Paul, a soldier in the former German colony of Tanganyika who originally sent seed back to Germany.
Rita Ghosn, an avid gardener, was honored recently with the naming of a one of a kind African violet developed by Optimara, an international commercial African violet grower that operates a facility in Nashville.
Stock up African Violet Push the cuttings in vertically, 30cm apart, firming the soil back around them with your heel along each side of the row and closing the trench.
African violet does seem to clash with my peccary hand bag.

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