Hello Fellow Violeteers! After a drastic and sudden change in growing temperature (how thoughtless of me!) much of my african violet collection has started toAug 1, 2004 1 of 3View SourceHello Fellow Violeteers!
After a drastic and sudden change in growing temperature (how
thoughtless of me!) much of my african violet collection has started
to sport with white streaks in the petals. At least one of my
chimeras is showing different levels of color intensity in different
flowers in the same umbel. I have several other chimeras that are
plantlets and haven't yet bloomed, so I don't know what they'll do.
I've disbudded the most pronounced offenders and brought the growing
temp back to what it was originally. Has anyone had a violet "sport
back" to its original type after the original stress that caused the
sport was corrected?
Of the Non-chimera types I have leaves that were set before they
started sporting. They were in the same growing conditions and
mostly just started setting new baby leaves about a week ago. Any
guesses on the chances that these will bloom true?
Any info or insight is much appreciated,
Homero in TX
I live in Scottsdale, AZ and I have the warm temp. change problem. In the winter my temp. is set at 70. In the summer it is set at 77/79. I have lived hereAug 1, 2004 1 of 3View SourceI live in Scottsdale, AZ and I have the warm temp. change problem. In
the winter my temp. is set at 70. In the summer it is set at 77/79. I
have lived here for almost 8 years and I love it. But it does cause
stress on my African violets. I love the chimera's and I refuse to give
up on growing them even though some do turn solid. I always loose the
white on the chimera's. I have several that the heat does not affect.
One is Granger's Desert Dawn and it loves the desert. It is a beautiful
two tone pink. Every year I buy one or two new Chimera's and try them
out to see if they change on me. I have had no luck with them changing
back to the chimera stripe once it has changed. I have tried keeping
them disbudded all summer and that don't help. If they turn solid, I
sell them at our show/sale in February with no name.
I also have trouble with some thumb prints and some other two toned
plants turning solid. Sometimes they bloom true and sometimes they
don't. I have had trouble with variegated leaves turning solid green but
most of them will grow the variegation back when it cools off in the
Well... There were some things I expected when I moved my violets from the main part of the house which stays around 75 degrees Farenheit to a washroom, whichAug 2, 2004 1 of 3View SourceWell...
There were some things I expected when I moved my violets from the
main part of the house which stays around 75 degrees Farenheit to a
washroom, which is not as well ventilated and gets into the 90's in
our Houston, Texas summers.
I expected that Music Box Dancer's blooms would lose their white edge
(which they did), I expected my variegated-leaf varieties to lose the
variegation (they did). I did not expect for Buffalo Hunt and
Buckeye Colossal to start showing jagged, bright white streaks in
their blossoms. I didn't expect Music Box Dancer to change its
flower *shape* or for the same white streaks to start showing up in
the now-pink flowers.
These are the things I'm wondering about. Will they revert to
their 'usual selves' now they've moved back? I'm hoping they will.
And if not, hopefully the plantlets from the leaves I set will come
I suppose if nothing else I can mark it as a lesson learned the hard