New Introduction Leaves
How would you like to have a total of thirty-two (yes, 32), New Introduction leaves to share with friends, your club, or just to enjoy for yourself? Pat Hancock details how you can obtain New Introductions from some of AVSA's best commercial hybridizers. Click here to read the article.
January – February 2017
On the cover:
Standard variety: Buckeye Nostalgia – 2nd Best in Show and Best Standard
at the Albuquerque AVSA Convention
Hybridized by: Pat Hancock
Exhibited by: Kurt Jablonski
Sue Hoffmann, Publications Chairman
- “Small Talk” Columnist Laurel Goretsky offers an inside look at the miniature and semiminiature exhibits from the AVSA convention in Albuquerque. BJ Ohme of Lincoln, Nebraska won Best African Violet on a Commercial Display table with “Windsome”, a semidouble medium blue blossom with a white edge, medium green, plain foliage. This plant was displayed in a miniature collection with “Jolly Ace” and “Rob’s Gum Bubble”. Commercial Best New Cultivar was won by Kathy Hajner from Peralta, NM with her Semiminiature “K’s Salsarita” and Second Best New Cultivar with semiminiature “K’s Pink Agate”. Read more about the small winners on page 8.
- “Report from Persia: Cyclamen mite, miticide and chimera plants” Parviz Parvin Mehr, who operates Parissa Greenhouses in Persia had an unfortunate experience finding cyclamen mites in their greenhouse. They went through three rounds of treatment with the miticide Bayer Spirodiclofen sc 24%. They sprayed and then immersed the collection which totaled 20,000 African violets! Months later, many chimeras had developed in their open stock. Of the forty-one chimeras they have worked with, twelve are single or semidouble stick-tight, the others dropped their blossoms. This is an interesting article describing the effects of chemicals on plant tissue. A worthwhile read on page 10.
- “Violet Magic - Eight Tips For Successful Repotting” Kent and Joyce Stork share eight important tips for successful repotting when growing African violets. These include using the correct size pot, the right potting mix, not packing the soil mix, how much to disturb the roots and when it’s good to use clear plastic bags. These are all things that make a difference in the long run, but few of us give them much thought when we’re repotting. See page 23 for the full story.
- “When will I Learn? Maybe this time?” In this photo documented article, Barbara Werness describes going through the realization that a grower may not always be able to diagnose what’s making their plants sick. She was losing plants at an alarming rate. They were drying up from the outer leaves in to the crown. She treated for Rhizoctonia root fungus to no avail and finally after getting a culture done at the local university her problem was identified as Pythium fungus which she was able to treat. Barbara says, “Don’t wait until it’s too late. Act immediately if you see a problem … get them diagnosed”. You can see the problems and find out about the happy ending beginning on page 52.
January/February 2017 issue
Additions: On page 25 “Jolly Mars” is a miniature and “Jolly Star” is a semiminiature.
“Jolly Andrea” page 33, is a semiminiature.
Corrections: “Rob’s Scrumptious” on page 13 should be listed as a semiminiature.
“LE Prekrasnaia Kreolka” on page 47 is a standard variety.
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This website contains an online index of the African Violet Magazine with Authors, Titles & Subjects. The following link takes you to a page where you can list the contents, alphabetically for any year back to 1947. All past issues of the African Violet Magazine are in our database.
- Online African Violet Magazine Index for all issues back to 1947
- Online African Violet Magazine Listing of Photographs for recent issues
Best of The African Violet Magazine (AVM)
Every year the best articles published in the previous year of the AVM are announced. Selection is done by voting for the top 5 of the year. Below is a sample of some of the articles that have been garnered "Best of AVM". Content has been graciously provided by Sue Hoffmann and the Pubs Committee. All articles are in PDF format.
- Location, Location, Location by Paul Kroll - Sept/Oct 2012
- Don't Lose Your Crown by Pat Hancock - MarApr 2012 Pg 11
- Recognizing and Correcting Light Problems by Amy Cash Allison Jan/Feb 2012 Pg 38
- Underwater Flower Arrangements by Edna Rourke - May/June 2012 Pg 42
- Preventing Virus July 2011
- Tidbits for the Novice African Violet Grower May 2011
- Problem Solving by Barb Pershing Jan/Feb 2001 Pg 18
- Going Home by Linda Golubski Jan/Feb 2001 Pg 21
- Grooming and Judging Trailers by Velma Lewis Nov-Dec, 2000 pg 50
- Ten Basic Principles in Growing Show Plants by Mary Stallings Nov-Dec, 2000 pg 48
These are just a sampling of articles you'll find when you receive the African Violet Magazine as a member of AVSA. (All articles are in PDF format)
20 or 27 Physan or Phyton
African Violet Culture - Basic Care
African Violet Terms
AV Judging - Beginner
Basics of Flower Arrangements
Best of Show-Ultimate Experience
Different Methods of Watering
Diseases of African Violets
Flower & Leaf Types
How To Repot to Bury a Neck or Rescue a Violet from Root Rot
Keep It Simple
pH - Does it Really Matter?
pH, Rx For Healthy Plants
Secrets to Blooming
Start A Club
Wicking African Violets