For whatever reason there has been minimal blooming this month but a lot of growth with plantlets I produced from flower stalks from some “different” blooms. First I have the 7 petal Mauna Loa (Eyerdom) bloom. I produced a plantlet from that stalk. Not that I am expecting a plant that has 6 or 7 petal blooms, but the concept and frequency of 6 petal blooms on some chimera African violets intrigues me and although I do not expect selecting them by stalk can produce a higher frequency petal bloom per plant, I just have the urge to do it. What if? So I am. The link to the previous article and image can be seen reviewed by just clicking here.
The next two photographs below were plantlets produced from the flower stalks of the sport of Shimai. Click on this link to review the article and see the sport. They are glowing nicely and I expect a bloom in April or May. While the third plantlet
almost seemed as if it was failing to thrive as it was rather small and was growing at a much slower rate.
A closer look from a side angle revealed two plantlets. Once I get a little more growth from both I will separate them. How true or if any of these plantlets will be true to the parent plant is still in question. The parent succumb to what I believe was Cylindrocarpon or root rot. The habit of letting the plants get very dry and then over watering in large part the result of my schedule. I will have to seriously start considering wicking or some other means to maintain these plants. I removed the crown in an effort to save the plant so it will be a while before more stalks of this sport can be produced.