About a 3rd of the plants were in bloom and seemed fine. By the time blooms started to fade though, centers started looking like crap.
Other, smaller recently divided plants developed a second crown or looked stunted.
Centers that don't look "right"
makes me worry.
I've been through this before!
BUT some things had gradually changed:
- For most of the winter cold months I had rolled the shelving unit to the hallway off the kitchen so we could close off the area they normally grew. They went back once it got "warmer". Too soon?
- I had started wick-watering more, with some bottom watering in individual saucers. That meant less leaching from top watering.
- Domes were removed.
- Usual soil mix ingredients were out of stock all winter. I experimented! ONE WAS HIGH IN CLAY AND SAND texture. The other got horrible reviews. Were those people right?
THINGS ARE IMPROVING...
(It's only been 2 weeks but I am an optimist!)
- I bought Miracle Grow potting soil and just added a little perlite.
- I potted a lot of things UP to a size larger than I had been doing, especially standards. (Future topic: SOLO CUPS...Solution or Part of the Problem?)
- I put TALL domes back over everything on 2 of 3 shelves. THOSE look the most improved!
On a positive note:
Violet Voice has it's latest Virtual Show online right now.
I managed to get a few things entered before they started failing miserably. Some were sacrificed willingly for practicing more Design efforts.
More about those efforts later!
I'll do the best I can NOT to kill my African Violets on purpose.
But crap happens sometimes! I'll see soon enough if I'm dealing with this right...