April Fools Day 2015

On April 1st 2013 I posted an April Fool bloom April Fools Day 2013. Well obviously that was easy to tell that it was not the “real deal”. How about this beautiful, image below? Real or not? April Fools joke or a chimera that many will want to add to their collection? What do you think? (Images courtesy of J. Miemietz)


















Humako Sweet

I wanted to feature what I consider a chimera African violet that deserves consideration for a place in everyone’s chimera African violet collection.  Last spring I obtained from a 1st rate grower and photographer in Germany a few chimera African violets.  The one that I think stands out is Humako Sweet.  Although you will not find it registered in the AVSA registry list at this time, and I know for some folks that grow to show that point is a hindrance, but in my opinion this is an exceptional plant.  It has a very strong habit to be symmetrical, leaves are dark green, are ovate and quilted.  The plant is standard in size.  The image below rather accurately depicts the color and shade of the bloom.  I cannot delineate exactly what is so striking about the bloom, perhaps because it is a little different in color and shade from the many chimeras out there.  I enjoy it.  I hope you do to.  Click on image to enlarge.



Rob’s Monkeyshines Sport

The below image is one of the many faces of  Rob’s Monkyeshines (AVSA Reg # 7893) blooms.  Click here to see my other blog post describing this blooming oddity.

Monkey Shine















In the process of propagating some additional Monkyshine plants, one of the plants “sported”  resulting in the entire plant blooming with bloom, that unlike Rob’s Monkyeshines  pattern variability, these blooms were constant but looked very different.  See image below.  The blue fantasy is devoid on the bloom with a strong purple coloration and a faded white stripe.  The leaves remain the same, medium green, quilted and serrated and the plant is semi-miniature.   Based on the flower coloration I would suspect this is also a chimera.  I should be able to demonstrate that by stem and leaf propagation.  Generally speaking this bloom is not particularly attractive and I am still debating if I should dispatch the plant to the compost heap or try and propagate the flower stems.
















Postscript: It was dispatched to the compost heap.

Concord Sport









The above image is a sport of Concord.  The bloom stalks that produced the above plant and below plant (true Concord) were taken from the same parent plant.  All the plants produced from the other bloom stalks of the parent look like the standard Concord depicted below.  This one sport (above) was discovered.  Exact pattern, the leaves, their shape, color, the flower stalk are all identical to Concord (Horikoshi/Ozaki 10/3/1992) Reg#7807.  The only difference is the diminished intensity of the true Concord purple stripe.  The color reminds me of “The Alps”.   I will propagate the stems on this sport to see if this is genetically stable.  The bloom above was photographed on the 1st day it opened.  The bloom below of the standard Concord is now 5 days into it flowering and will be a bit larger and the petals will be a bit more extended.

Standard Concord









The below image is the Sport of Concord two weeks after the first bloom.  The only phenotypic trait I can detect as different from the standard Concord is the light purple coloration and slightly larger blooms.  Everything else appears to be identical to Concord.

Sport of Concord


Interesting African Violet Links Added

Just a note, I updated and reconfigured the old “Blogroll” and it is now called “Interesting  African Violet Links”.  It is located on the right side of the blog under the search box.  Unlike the Blogroll it is expandable so many more Chimera and African violet web sites links of interest will be added.  It is sorted by category with relevant links below each category.  Below each category title is a brief description of the category in black type.     I will be updating the list on a regular basis as I find different chimera and regular African violet websites I think we will find interesting and inspiring with an attempt to focus on chimera African violets.  I have seen so may sites including wonderful ones from people that have contacted me through this blog.  Some I could not find the link as I lost the list I had of them.  So please feel free to e-mail me with suggestions for interesting African violet and chimera African violet links.

Links Post


Mauna Loa 6-7 Petal Experiment Results

As follow up to a blog I posted on September 1st 2013 and to satisfy my own curiosity, I conducted an experiment where I tissue cultured the flower stalk of the bloom pictured in that blog . That bloom was on a flower stalk that also was filled with 6 petal blooms and no 5 petal blooms.  . Click here to see the original image and discussion. 










The above and below images are the outcome.  Not only were there no 7 petal bloom there were no 6 petal blooms (except for one bloom).  All that was produced on this plant being shown and the other plant produced was a nice Mauna Loa 5 petal dicot plant.   It appears the variability in petal count that occurs in non- double or semi-double blooms is just a variable that exists,  I guess similar to the chimeras bloom (or for that matter any African violet bloom) where shade or color variance which occurs is the result of environmental influences such as heat, light and water condition and not a function of genetics.











As is evident all but one bloom is a 5 count.  There is one that has six which is typical with this cultivar.  This is the first blooming of this plant. Conclusion; this observed characteristic is not a genetic trait like a double or semi-double bloom that can easily be breed in or out of a plant.

Now please note, the above images and text were prepared about 2 weeks ago.  The Image below appeared a few days ago prior to the 1st of December. (few days prior to publication of this posting)











There it is again (above), a 7 petal bloom.  Now my conclusion has not changed but the question is can individual plant lines within a cultivator have a greater propensity to express a unique trait (like an occasional 7 petal bloom) over a different line in the same cultivator?

Some Expensive African Violets on eBay
















As I do with a degree of frequency, I monitor eBay for chimera African violets I may want to purchase and on occasion any unusual non-chimera African violet that catches my fancy.  Well, a few months ago I saw a very high demand for two specific African violets that have brought to their respective sellers some quick cash.  On August 24th 2014 Blue Confetti sold for US $152.50.  That was one of the highest prices I saw a chimera African violet sold for on eBay in a long time. But in retrospect that was nothing.  On September 21st 2014 Lunar,  a non-chimera African violet sold for US $255.00!  Wow!  What is it that strikes a cord with collectors that they must have a specific African violet now?   The Blue Confetti is stunning and I was able to obtain it for much less then the original purchase by waiting a few months.  This bloom (above image) I believe will strike a cord with many violet growers and collectors.  It is exceptional.

I will be the first to admit my photographic skills are substandard.  As all the images on this site are original or if I was not involved in producing them I received permissions from the authors.  To that end as I have not received permission to post on my blog the original images I saw on eBay,  I am providing the links below that take you to Google Images where these pictures reside.  Click the links to see these exceptional African violets.  BLUE CONFETTI and LUNAR LILY WHITE.


The Ugliest Chimera African Violet Bloom?












Several months ago I was going to post this as the ugliest chimera African violet bloom I ever grew or for that matter saw.  This was a sport  of Yukako.  I normally would discard the plant but was fascinated by the foliage which also appeared to exhibit a chimera pattern.  Long story short the plant bloomed again and this time produce much larger blooms (below).

Sport of Y















As is evident in this bloom it appears the border of the bloom is black.  A closer view of the bloom below shows this more clearly, note the flower edges under letters  “A” and “B”.  Its black is most pronounced.















Based on my own conjecture as this is a sport of Yukako produced by stem culture and because there are multiple colors involved in the bloom, I believe this is a chimera African violet hence the black edges cannot be breed into another plant.  Now all this said at the writing of the above 2 weeks prior to this observation (below) I saw two bloom stalks popping up.   I figured I will let it bloom prior to pitching the plant.  Of course the color was not any different but the number of petals expressed on the first bloom of each stalk has seven!  The rest of the blooms had the standard five.   See the image below.















So now what?  Do I discard the plant or try propagating the bloom stalks with the first bloom of seven to see if this can be reproduced or this was just a fluke?  Of course!  Lets propagate the bloom stalks to see if the seven  petal bloom is real (genetically driven) or not.   As a footnote the black as seen under a little different lighting has stronger green coloration in the above image.

Time Laps of African Violets

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Time laps of tiny African violets growing (or any plant for that matter) always fascinates me.  The concept of plant movement, real, somewhat precise and purposeful escapes us.  It is only when we see these time laps images does it put into perspective the world from a different view point.  Hope you enjoy watching them.

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Party Fun Or Is The Party Over?













This is not the first time I observed this behavior in other chimera African violets.  This time it happens to be in Party Fun.  It starts out as a bifurcation of the bloom stalks coloring.  One of the flower stalks turns a solid color.  In this case purple.  The other stalk remains true to it’s chimera color and pattern.  In time the entire plant appears to succumb to the dominant solid color and the plant loses it’s chimera expression.  I have observed this with a number of chimera African violets.  Sometimes the conversion is fast and complete without the bifurcation.

Chimera African Violets Gone Wrong (More)

Attached is the latest to my photo collection of chimera African violets that have gone wrong.  Perhaps better described as images of frustration.  With the exception of one of the mutations producing what I considered a favorable outcome (Shimai) the rest of these are really not welcome changes but I must admit always interesting.

Chimera African Violets Reverting Page 6

The link below will take you to the entire collection of chimera African violets that I have seen revert, digress, or mutate.
Click here to see the entire set of image

Powdery Mildew (Oidium Fungus) Eradication From African Violets


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Powdery Mildew is caused by the Oidium fungus and can be eradicated from your African violets in a simple 10 min process.  I discovered a few plants that were isolated in the corner of the growing room that had a significant infection.  The plant on the left is the chimera Bob’s Monkey Shine that I did not want to lose.  Of all the infestations that can befallen  African violets this one gives me the least concern as it can be addressed directly.   The plant on the right is the very same plant as on the left but 1 week after treatment.  The treatment is safe for the plant and with the exception of losing a flower stalk and 1 leaf as a consequence of my less then gentile handling the plant has not missed a beat in growing.  Click on each image to enlarge and inspect.

Click here to see how you can eradicate powdery mildew on infected plants in 10 minutes. (May take a full 2 minutes to download (a lot of pictures)).