Category Archives: Observations

Maybe We Have A Double Chimera!?

As first discussed in my June 2019 post, a couple of my Yukako’s sported into what appears to be chimera leaves. Referring back to the image of June 1st you can see the dark green outer rims of the leaf and the lighter green inner section. See the image below. The above image was taken […]

Kilauea-Vintage Chimera African Violet

As you see more and more new chimera African violets, many with large double blooms in a wide array of colors and shades (oftentimes not very stable between generations), I have come to notice that the old standards are seen less and less and increasingly more difficult to find. Kilauea is one of them. Hybridizer […]

Neptune’s Jewels~ A Sport of It

In the process of doing tissue culture to produce some chimera African violets, I noticed an actively growing tissue callus on the stem. It produced a small plant. I knew it was not going to be a chimera as only plantlets produced in the apical meristem region will produce a true chimera African violet. But […]

A Double Chimera African Violet?

Yukako is an outstanding plant with its purple blooms and distinct green stripes. The leaves are medium green, plain to slightly quilted. Now that said below is a Yukako that I removed as a sucker from a nice mature plant blooming true. Initially, the leaves were standard and it looked like it would be a […]

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 […]

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.

Shimai Variant?

Is this a Shimai Variant? Or is the color due to environmental factors of temperature and light.

Pythium or Phytophthora?

Pythium or Phytophthora infected a newly purchased chimera African violet (Neptune’s Thunder). With in 7 days of the discovery the plant was destroyed.

Nothing To Do About Chimera African Violets (Eclipse)

Nothing To Do About Chimera African Violets (Eclipse)

Propagation Of A Chimera African Violet With A Potato? (part 2)

Propagation of chimera African violet stems to produce a plantlet using a potato appears to not be as ridiculous as you would think.

Sport of Shimai

One of the Shimai bloom stalks appears to have sported. It seems to have regressed a bit back to the original Yukako bloom, but only partially and doing so leaving green and white as the stripes.

Sport Of Granger Sugar Frost

Generally a very stable chimera African violet, Sugar frost produced this none exciting bloom.

Photographic Record of Chimera Sports

This is a photographic record of some of the sports generated when I tissue culture chimera African violets.

Abnormal Mauna Loa Blooms

This plant produced as a clone of Mauna Loa from a stem culture is producing abnormal blooms.