By way of background, I’ve been growing African violets since 2008. I went to my first national African Violet Society of America convention in Nashville but did not exhibit any plants there. I’ve participated in two Sacramento shows and earned numerous rosettes, blue ribbons, and one Runner-up to Best in Show. I’ve been an active member of some African violet groups on Facebook where I’ve learned a lot of important growing tips, and I consider the African Violet Society of America to be an excellent resource.
It’s easy for any newly-excited grower of African violets to accumulate too many plants to care for properly, and I was no exception. In an effort to downsize my burgeoning collection (as many as 80 violets at one point), I’ve given away and sold many “excess” plants. When I offered African violets to a local assisted living facility in early 2015, to my surprise, I was met with: “We’d love to have your plants, but would you be willing to bring them in personally and teach residents how to grow and care for them?” Thus began an ongoing monthly meeting that is enjoyable for me and beneficial for several folks who are now growing their own African violets.
At present I have an enjoyable and manageable collection of around 35 varieties, all grown in green Oyama pots (which I find easier than more traditional methods). My aim is to include a wide variety of colors, bloom types, foliage, and plant shapes with some chimeras, clackamas, wasp, and others. I also love photographing them, so I’m sharing a gallery of photos of my current collection.