Learn About African Violets

Question: I have an African violet chimera that used to "bloom true" but now it is not. Do you have any reason why and will it bloom true again? (click here)

Answer: Chimera African violets can be free sporting which means that they mutate easily. Stress factors such as uneven cultural conditions, age, or even electrical currents seem to affect African violets and result in sporting. Occasionally just a single leaf will sport and throw a solid blossom, while other leaves will continue to bloom true. When that happens, it is wise to take a blossom stem to propagate so that you can keep the original chimera traits. If it has been blooming incorrectly for several months, from all parts of the plant, it is safe to assume that the chimera trait is lost and it will not be likely to reappear.

Happy Growing! 
Joyce Stork

 Much of the information here in Violets 101 was originally published in the African Violet MagazineJoin AVSA to receive the magazine with much more in-depth information.


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