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Sadly, I have had to cease producing "The African Violet Way". My life currently does not allow for this. I have tried and repeatedly thought I would get back to it, but the time has come to admit this isn't going to happen.
All previous issues will remain on this website and can be read by anyone who is interested.
From now on I will add occasional articles to the website when I can. The thought of not writing at all doesn't sit well with me at all!
Articles include: How to Choose an African Violet, The (Further) Story of Happy Trails, When Should You Repot African Violets.
Articles include: Kiwi Dazzler, The Sad Bunch (Neglected plants), African Violets in Red, Vale Pete White.
Articles include: More fun with potting mix , Elegantly simple-Saintpaulia rupicola, HVAVS 2019 show.
January 2019 - The Potting Mix issue
Articles include: The bare facts on potting mixes, Experiences with coir, Heavy/light potting mixes, Winter leaves/summer leaves.
Articles include: Recovering from disaster (again), How not to take a photograph, How long does it take to grow a violet from a leaf, Just reminiscing.
Articles include: Adventures with sticky insect traps, Making insect traps yourself, Continuing to grow an Africn violet from leaf, Near death experiences, Two demostrations instead of one (mites).
Articles include: More about coir, Taffeta Petticoats Adventures, How long does it take to grow an African violet from leaf? How much light does an African violet need. Great special price continues.
Articles include: The Puzzle of Coir, My Wicked Plants - Final, The Quickest Way to Kill an African Violet, Great special price .
Articles include: The wicked plant story - further report, Coir peat still under review. African violet retrospective, Great price reduction.
Articles include: African violets in the bathroom, Eek - mites, Having your cake and eating it too, Propagating from a leaf, Powdery mildew.
Articles include: Does your African violet have too many heads? Winter time can be the best time, An African violet wall hanging, African Violet Society of America cartoon.
Articles include: Kent Stork, Passion for purple, Recovering from a plant accident, Carolina Elegant Affair.
Articles include: Magic fertilisers, Leaching, Lack of growth in a terrarium, Further to instability in African violets, Variegation disappearing in hot weather
Potting mix quandry (conclusion), Variegation, African violet jewels, AVAA Annual Show, African violet rules
Secret Love, Pink, Potting mix quandry, Summer violets-winter violets, Definition of terms, Old friends- older violets.
It's Shocking (shock marks), Is this fertiliser burn, An African violet should be repotted regularly
African violets are for pleasure, The long road back, Variegation, Friendship plants.
A little bit extra humidity, African violet resources, Heinz's Seduction, Wicks, Propagating from flower stem, Rob's Slap Happy
Christmas bargain, Dish Garden, Hospital musings, If they are supposed to have only one crown why do I keep getting suckers, Does size really matter?
Hug your african violets, Propagating from a broken leaf, Let's think about pistils and stamens, Fisherman's Paradise, African violet display.
Is there a proper way to grow African violets? When do I start taking leaves off? Dirt on African violet leaves, Propagating from flower stems, A love affair with miniatures
What do you do when your plant just doesn't grow, African Violet Shows, Just reminiscing, Back from the dead.
TLC & Trailing African violets, Drying out plants before potting , Where can I grow them?
The book "African Violets for Everyone" is available for purchase from this site. It is full of information and illustrations to help in growing these plants.
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