In a message dated 1/15/2009 10:31:22 A.M. Central Standard Time, twinhill@...
Sylvia, if you are
about to leave for Florida, does that mean you've spent the last week
bagging violets? Are you bagging individual trays or whole
Janet in Denmark
Hi, Janet and All,
We will be away for two months, so the violets have to be ready for a
long stay by themselves. Usually, they love it, so we are hoping for the
Everything was repotted and cut back in November. So, the racks and
trays are all clean and ready to go. I have been sick during the
holidays. It is more a nuisance than a serious illness, I reacted to the
medication I had at first. Anyway, Bruce has had to do most of the
violet work. He has removed all of the blossoms from the plants and
given them a therapeutic spray with a pyrethin spray. I helped him start
all of the wicks and he has filled the trays under the grids. So, the
only thing left to do is to cover the plants with thin plastic film. I
will check the wicks again, though, before we cover them.
We cover each shelf of the racks with a thin sheet of plastic that is cut
to overlap the sides of the shelf, but not down over the light below. We
just let the plastic rest on the plants. There is a hazard in that, as
you know. The plastic can't be allowed to trap water, because if it is
wet on the inside, the plants will rot. So, we drape the plastic
loosely. Bruce tends to tuck in edges, so I have to check on him
afterwards. But, this is mainly his operation. You do have to tuck
in a little so the plastic doesn't float off! There is no plastic over
the lights. Some years I have cut the amount of time the lights are on,
but the plastic blocks some of the light, so I don't think I will this
My main worries are that the top shelves will get dried out and that the
bottom ones will be too wet!
In past years, this has worked wonderfully, and we come home to lush
plants ready to bloom, budded or starting to bloom.
I added a photo to our to the AVC photo archives under "Dr Sylvia".
The photo was taken last year, but it shows the way the violets look after
Wish us luck this year! We are leaving on Sunday and will be back
the middle of March.
I will have email as usual once we reach Sanibel Island, but it is
dial-up, slow, but better than nothing.
Sylvia (in Minnesota, where is was -15 this morning)