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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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There is no way of controlling this mould with horticultural chemicals and you cannot wash African Violet and Geranium leaves.
African Violets are now grown in standard, miniature, variegated and trailing varieties, with flowers in single and double blooms and colors of pink, blue, purple, white and some yellow.
African violet and Christmas cactus plants lend themselves well for rooting individual leaf cuttings.
Small African violets can be content on a bathroom vanity with filtered light.
These growers love the humidity a terrarium provides: Ajuga, club moss (Sela-ginella), Fittonia, Hypoestes, maidenhair fern, miniature African violets and Sinningia, moth orchids (dwarf forms), Peperomia, and prayer plant.
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.
Pictured above is a geranium (cranesbill) LET THEM MULTIPLY: African violets, above, and dogwoods, above right, are particularly suitable for propagating
African violets were first discovered over 100 years ago in the Usambara Mountains in what is now Tanzania, Africa.
So I have finally put together enough historical information and universal tips to ensure my understanding and enjoyment of successfully growing African violets in my home.
African violets like sun so keep it in a south-facing spot.
Commercial strawberries and potatoes are propagated this way, as are geraniums and African violets.
"We did one project called water wicking of African Violets," says Lentz.

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