Using A Chimera African Violet as the Pollen Plant

As has been demonstrated repeatedly through out this blog,  a cross between two Chimera African violets does not produce chimera African violet seeds or offspring.   But it can produce some interesting outcomes.  What I have done in this experiment is use a chimera African violet as the pollen plant and a non-chimera African violet as the seed parent.  Both have very large blooms.

In less the 7 days it became obvious that the cross took and a seed pod started to form.  This is the seed pod after 3 weeks (below).  In total there are five seed pods from this cross developing.  I think that will be more then enough to produce some interesting outcomes.   As I have in the past,  I will photograph the progeny of this cross as they bloom.  I may have some extra seed available should anyone be interested in trying it themselves, as long as you promise to photograph the outcomes so it can be posted on this blog.

Seed pod after 3 weeks





  1. Posted February 25, 2012 at 1:55 am | Permalink

    Wow! That Galactic Storm plant is gorgeous! I bet you’ll wind up with some beautiful blooms from that cross.

  2. admin
    Posted February 25, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Permalink

    I hope, but if you look at the outcome of another cross it was disappointing. The pictures are located at:

  3. Johnny Haussener
    Posted February 27, 2012 at 8:47 pm | Permalink

    Hello! I love your website, very informative and beautiful pictures.
    I am a livestock judge from Pennsylvania. I’ve bred dairy cows, boar goats, chickens, and am a licensed American Rabbit Breeders Assn. judge.
    Growing up on a farm I have loved growing plants, and have become obsessed with African Violets. Especially the large varieties, with most any species the larger the better. I’m very into genetics and really am hoping to make a few crosses with my violets, I actually haven’t raised any Chimeras yet. You mentioned you might have some seeds for sale in the future. I would be very interested in purchasing!
    I told you my credentials so you don’t think I’m a floozy who just wants to mess around with your seeds. Usually when I get into something, I really get into it.
    Thank you!
    Johnny Haussener
    ARBA Judge #887

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