Category Archives: Observations

Shimai, Entire Plant Sports (in different directions)

The below image is a typical genetically stable Shimai chimera African violet. The following image is a Shimai that all of a sudden started sporting multiple flowers all different and disorganized in respect to the standard chimera pinwheel pattern. As you can see one pinwheel bloom exists but it has a darker color as compared […]

8E Danse Macabre Chimera African Violet

8E Danse Macabre has always fascinated me, from the name of the plant to the various images you can find on the web and the variations of it. The above image is of a plant I acquired this past fall. To the best of my knowledge, 8E Danse Macabre is not registered with the AVSA […]

Mauna Loa Mutation

The above image is the of Mauna Loa (Eyerdom)06/23/1998 AVSA Reg # 5336. The flower is a single chimera light rose star with a dark red stripe.  The Foliage is dark green with red on the underside of the leaf. The plant size at maturity is that of a standard African violet size plant.  About 5 years ago I noticed […]

Leaf Chimera African Violets

About six months ago I purchased my first leaf chimera African violet, “Little Stinker”. (I wonder about the back story on the unusual name). I must admit as my focus has been on chimera blooms, I have had no experience with leaf chimera African violets. As I propagated a few from this plant pulling off […]

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.