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Yachiyo Tabata or (Blue)

Yachiyo Tabata is an amazing chimera African violet. Each bloom is different. If you looked at 100 blooms each would be a little different then the other as you can see in the first two images. The variability of the blue blotches and streaks and on occasion there near absence on some blooms are as […]

African Violet Powdery Mildew

Winter time for the growing of African violets presents a unique problem of Powdery Mildew. Why? In a recent and always informative newsletter “Growing Tips” this topic was discussed. Specifically, according to the author of the article, the issue is that the temperature of the leaves lags behind the temperature of the air. When we […]

Sport Of Granger Sugar Frost

Historically, I have seen some of the chimera cultivars sport with more frequency than others.  One that has always been stable for me, as I have propagated many from stems is Sugar Frost as seen below. I recently produced 6 plants using a tissue culture stem propagation technique. What was so atypical is that of […]

Ford’s Pinwheel Revisted

About 2 years ago my collection was devastated by a fungus. Of those that survived was a single Ford’s Pinwheel (J. Ford). So I repotted and it grew. It grew like none of the other chimera African violets. Frankly, it did not bloom but sent out suckers like you would not believe. I never saw […]

Conclusion to Chimera African Violet Shimai Experiment

January of 2018 I posted this blog  Click here. Then in February, as the stem cultures started to grow I added this Click here. I am attaching that image posted in February 2018 below. The Shimai plantlet listed as “B” which was from the stem of a typical green striped Shimai from February 2018 and is now a flowering […]

Yachiyo Tabata

Yachiyo Tabata with a bit more intense pink edging on the petals that is a bit wider than the other Yachiyo Tabata will have its stem isolated to see if a more colorful strain can be developed.

Chimera African Violets Suspended and Protected

Plantlets of chimera African violets were placed in a bap with soil and a bag placed over it for 3 years during a period where all the plants around it were infected by a fungus. The covered plants were not infected. Now after the infection, the plants were re-potted.

Abnormal Mauna Loa Blooms Again!

Why are the petals of the Mauna Loa looking as if they are missing one? Genetics or environmental is the root cause.

Chimera African Violet Sweet-Which is really Sweet?

In the propagation of Chimera African violets, a change in leaf color from the parent plant is the first indication the bloom will not be true.

Neptune’s Treasure and Being a Bad Sport

Flower stems on Chimera African violets can mutate (or sport) and if used to propagate more plants, will results in plants that are not true to the parents. Be aware of propagators that sell chimera African violets prior to a first bloom.

Another Sport of Shimai

Another Sport of Shimai

Shimai Sport (Update from March 2017)

These suckers are the 2nd generation sport of Shimai.

Chimera African Violets on Facebook

There is a group on Facebook that post some extraordinary images of chimera African violets that are interesting and some rather unusual.

Timelapse From Leaf Cutting to Blooming Plant

One of the best timelapse I have seen on YouTube using african violets as the subject.