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Old 05-02-2013, 11:18 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by N0obKnitter View Post
My (great) Aunt Edie was an African Violet enthusiast and had maaaaany of them. Every time I see one, I think of her.

I don't have the thumb she had; my third violet has a huge neck but I'm fearful I will kill it if I cut and re-pot it. My violets LOVE our bedroom...it gets blasted with sunlight due to being in east-facing window. Also, we run a warm humidifier in that room often. The baby spider plant I rescued from one of the mama plants is blooming, too, and making its own babies.

We got a min orchid when dd was born - it finished blooming but appears to be growing a new leaf.

I have a large variegated dracaena in the living room that is growing like a weed, too.

The phony "bamboo" plant is dying though. Cat mangled it and it's been dying slowly ever since. :'(

Beautiful! I thought I'd posted a reply earlier but apparently not.

African violets love tea and water that eggs have been boiled in. I had a whole bunch in bloom, at least a dozen, and they got tea and egg water. Once a week or so I'd set them in a shallow dish with water and tea bag and just let them soak it up. They're easy to start from a leaf too. You might try starting one or more from the long necked guy, they usually don't last long when they get long necked. I had fun with my AVs. The propagated ones don't always have the same blossoms as the mama plant and I got a big variety of blossoms. I had AVs started from the same leaf that had different blossoms. You can get several babies sometimes from one leaf stem in soil.

"Lucky bamboo" is a dracaena. Is that what you have? Orchids and I never got along, they just didn't like me.

I used to have more than 100 plants, not all different, but I guess I got tired of them. I have a couple that are straggling along.
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