Growing organic flowers can help you to feel contented!
I have been growing African violets since the year 1996.
Those days, I was working in a 15°C air-conditioned office environment.
Most of the ladies staff there were having at least one African violet plant on their desks. Because African violet care is simply too easy, as they could grow automatically without much attention.
Those days, I was crowned with a 'Green Fingers' title; and I love to help my colleagues to split the plants by dividing the crown of roots.
Imagine, at least 8 to 10 young plants can be separated from each plant without adding extra cost. So, everyone is happy.
When you purchase these indoor evergreen plants; usually they are in the bloom; in a plastic growing container of African violet soil.
If the plant is expanded; obviously the roots will be increased and more rooms are needed; and a slightly bigger pot will be necessary; for a larger plant. And you can transfer the plant to a new flower pot any time you wish; with some new good potting soil.
African violet flowers come in many different colours. Commonly seen are the dark pink, soft pink, purple and white.
African violet flowers love plenty of indirect light supply. They are pretty happy to be placed near an indoor lamp.
If you are supplying light from the windows; remember not to place too near to the cold window glass. And never be too close to the hot air ventilator. Otherwise; they will be either chilled or burnt.
If you are going away for holidays for more than 14 days; then those African violet planters with a self-watering system will be useful to you. Otherwise; you can grow the plant in any pot, as long as the cool condition is met.
If you have all the time to monitor the plant; then you can try growing African violet in a glass of clean water. They can grow into flowers; if you change the water everyday.
I bought a potted African violet on 6th November 2009 (picture 1). The first watering was done on the day 3 (picture 2). And the first round charming blooms were ended by 23rd January 2010 (picture 3).
The plant's flowering cycle was renewed after 4 months rest; and it had a non-stop blooming for more than 6 months from 10th May (picture 4) to 13th November (picture 6). Full bloom was on 27th September (picture 5).
* The whole plant was expanded on 31st December 2010 (picture 7).
The 3rd beautiful flowers parade started from 23rd June 2011 (picture 8) until early Nov 2011.
Before the next budding time, and when the African violet leaves are over crowded; you can prune some of them off.
In this way, the plant will have good air circulation; it looks neat; and you gain a chance to experience the entire propagation progress from the leaves too.
How to grow an everlasting indoor plant from a leaf?
* First cut off one healthy leaf (picture 9) near the base of the plant.
* Thereafter, set it in a little clean water, in a container indoor.
The leaf would take minimum 3 months (picture 10) to show its roots; if it is placed under a natural or heated room temperature of 20°C; and out of direct sunlight.
You need to change the water everyday; until it is rooted (picture 11) and the right pot is ready for transplant.
During the growth of young plants; you will discover that, the leaves have high tolerant to water; when compared to the matured plant. The leaves can be soaked (picture 12) in a shallow container of water for several days without complaint.
Growing organic flowers in a steel pot without drainage holes is possible; if you have master your watering skill. Otherwise; earth pot with an under plate; or an artistic Bonsai planter with drainage holes and a underside plate may be useful.
A deep Watering must be done when the top soil is dry. You can notice it by looking at the leaves. The hairy leaves will be in sparkling green and slightly tender; when they are in a perfect condition.
If you accidentally wet the leaves; you can tap it dry to avoid the leaves turning brown; and be rotten.
However, it is never a serious problem, because if it happens; you can simply trim the brown leaves away; and let the plant grow to a new patch of leaves.
Moreover, you have to make rooms for the new growth; when the leaves are growing large and the plant is out of shape.
If the indoor air humidity is too low; you can mist the leaves slightly; to protect them from the red insects attack; as they can take it.
Growing organic flowers in a little cool corner and providing unlimited supply of indoor flowering plants to all your friends and family is; simply a supper idea!