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ABOUT this web page:

There are few sources where one can gleam more then bits and pieces of information specifically about chimera African violets.  Realizing that most of the information available about African violets is the true for chimera African violets, there are still some unique differences.  Specifically the propagation of chimera violets.  How can the chimera effect be stabilized? What if you cross two chimera violets? Where can I get them at a reasonable price? How about those e-bay plants? There are nuances and also specific questions about chimera African violets that answers are not easily found. The purpose of this blog/website is to share and interact with other chimera collectors, hobbyists and growers.  Reality is there is knowledge and insight in this community but there is not necessarily a specific chimera African violet forum for this to be shared.  As you see, I have links on the blog to other sites where insight, knowledge and other bits and pieces of advice can be picked up about chimera’s.  The intent is that this blog is to serve as a warehouse of chimera African violet information.  So  please, feel free to comment, provide advice, talk about your experiences with chimera violets, add your pictures to the collection.

ABOUT me, your Admin.

I have been growing African violets (and other things) in excess of,….well lets just say a long time.  A member of The African Violet Society of America and a hobbyist I have been selling my excess collection on e-bay and will also will be selling on this site. All of my chimera African violets are propagated by tissue culture minus the occasional sucker.  My education is in the sciences so tissue culture makes sense to me despite the interesting challenges and problems it presents.

14 Comments

  1. Nancy Riley
    Posted September 19, 2013 at 9:43 pm | Permalink

    Please add me to your email list when you have chimeras for sale please.
    Thanks.

  2. admin
    Posted September 20, 2013 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

    Will do. I sent you an e-mail.

  3. Marcia Jacobs
    Posted October 24, 2013 at 10:16 pm | Permalink

    Please add me to your mailing list when you have more chimeras for sale

  4. admin
    Posted November 4, 2013 at 7:13 pm | Permalink

    OK. In the spring I will have some ready to go. I will email you. Regards, Don

  5. Liliya
    Posted December 14, 2013 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

    Please add me to your mailing list when you have more chimeras for sale. Thank you.

  6. Ann States
    Posted April 29, 2014 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

    Please let me know if you have Granger’s Sugar Frost, or your wonderful plant, Shimai, available for purchase. I understand here is a waiting list for Shimai, which is fine. Just put my name there on the bottom.
    Thanks,
    Ann States

  7. admin
    Posted May 5, 2014 at 9:52 pm | Permalink

    Both my Granger Sugar Frost and Shimai are about 3 months away from blooming. If you would like I can put you on the waiting list. Let me know. Thanks

  8. admin
    Posted May 5, 2014 at 9:53 pm | Permalink

    I added you.

  9. pim
    Posted March 13, 2015 at 6:58 pm | Permalink

    Adding me for Shimai, thanks.

  10. admin
    Posted March 13, 2015 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

    You are added to the list. Thanks

  11. Margaret
    Posted June 29, 2015 at 11:34 am | Permalink

    Hi,
    I was wondering if you could help me with the tissue culture problem. I have two jars with av plantlets propagated by tissue culture. Original instructions say that I need to set up another medium for root gowth. Is there a short cut to transplant the plantlets directly to a soil media or soilless mix? I tried one jar but nothing survived. Please help.

    Margaret

  12. admin
    Posted June 29, 2015 at 7:52 pm | Permalink

    Margaret: I have done it both ways. Frankly, African violets being African violets are easy to root, I rarely use the rooting media method and go straight to putting the plant on the potting soil. Your biggest issue will be dehydration of the tiny plant in the first 30 days or until it forms roots. So I get the potting soil, sterilize it. After it cools I water it with clean water and place the plantlets on the soil and position them as if they have roots. I do this in small pots 2-3 inch. I then place the pot in a plastic sandwich bag and seal it and place them under fluorescent light just like my regular African violets. Within 30 days small roots should form. You will have some casualties, more then if you went to rooting media, but not that many. This method is still easier and I think more productive then rooting media.

  13. Margaret
    Posted July 2, 2015 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for you response. Do you recommend any soil or soil less mix in particular for this case?

  14. admin
    Posted July 2, 2015 at 7:10 pm | Permalink

    I have used a number of different mixes, from pure peat to some commercial African violet mixes. It was about all the same with a slight advantage (and what I use is ) to Miracle-Grow African violet potting mix.

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