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AVM Magazine cover


September - October 2015

On the cover:  Winter’s Finale

Hybridized and Exhibited by: Paul Sorano/Lyndon Lyon Greenhouse

Photo credit: Winston J. Goretsky


Fall is a beautiful time of year. It’s time to clean-up; time to make new potting mix; time to repot; and time to check the latest introductions and catalogs for that last minute order before the cold weather sets in. This issue of the magazine brings advice from other growers (even Australian), lots of beautiful African violet and Gesneriad photos, plus tempting ads and websites listed in the back. Something is guaranteed for everyone.
Find these articles and tips in the current African Violet Magazine:


  • Robin Murray offers some easy tips on keeping our plants happy in the months to come. Fall is here, so winter is not far behind. “Chilly Winter Watering Solution” Page 17
  • “Distilled Water, Micro Nutrients, and Trace Elements” Columnist Neil Lipson gives an in-depth look at water, how plants react to additives, fertilizers, and possible substitutes for tap water.  Page 32
  • “Potting Mix for African Violets” Ruth Coulson discusses elements for light and heavy potting mixes. She explores the best mixes for wicking and growing with high heat and low humidity.  Page 47
  • “Sports? They are Not All Chimeras” Sylvia A. Farnum, PhD wonders about chimeras. Why they occur and why some plants seem more prone to mutation than others. Can chimeras revert?  Page 49


Missing Issues

Although we have not had a lot of members with missing AVMs, we would like to let you know the procedure for those of you who do not get your magazines in a timely manner. The magazine is usually mailed, by BULK MAIL, by the last week of the month prior to the issue date. Once it leaves our local mailing facility there are many factors that can affect the arrival of your magazine. These are completely out of our control. If you feel you have missed your magazine, please follow the steps below and we will send you a replacement copy.

- Make sure expiration date has not expired.
- Make sure your address is correct with our records.
- With so many different factors, please wait until the 20th of the issue date to notify the office for your replacement.
- Once the office is notified, we will mail you a replacement via First Class mail.

Please contact the office by email or phone (844) 400-2872(AVSA) with any questions.

Online Indices

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.


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