It's that time of year again, when we turn to indoor blooms for entertainment. The African violet gets little attention during the gardening season, but now that the outdoor blooms are gone for awhile, she gets some love, and a little fertilizer, and she'll bloom off and on all winter. African violets are cheap thrills - this one came from the grocery store for under $5.00. She's perfectly happy with a little water, good drainage, and some fertilizer now and then.
African violets can get leggy, floppy, unstable, and start looking unattractive as older, lower leaves wilt and fall off. The solution I've found for that is every year, maybe two, I re-pot. All I do is carefully remove the pot, slice off an inch or two of roots at the bottom, and add a little fresh soil to the bottom of the pot - just a little. I leave enough room in the pot to sink the plant down enough to cover the leggy stem and stabilize the plant so it's not floppy anymore. Then I add more soil to the top of the pot, water, and fertilize. It renews the plant beautifully, and it looks brand-new again. I've done it twice with this one, and I'll do it again whenever it needs a fresh start.
A few things are blooming in the basement greenhouse, including this little fuchsia. If she makes it through winter, she'll be visited by hummingbirds in the garden again next year, spring through fall.
I hope you're enjoying a few indoor blooms this month too, or you're somewhere warm and still enjoying blooms in your garden.
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