Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Who say's I'm not a green thumb??????

Hey everybody look!!!! See those two African violets on my kitchen windowsill? Guess what???? I have had them for almost one full year and they are still alive!!!! Click here to read about the day I bought them.
Hurray for me! I usually always kill my plants, but somehow these two lovely ladies managed to survive!
I am hoping they will bloom again. They bloomed twice for me, so I am keeping my fingers crossed. Do any of you out there know any tricks on how to force them to bloom again? Maybe with the success of these two beauties I should by a new plant this January, or am I pushing it???!!!

I hope things go your way today!

"Those who trust in their riches will wither; but the righteous will flourish like green leaves." Proverbs 11:28

Hugs, Sharon

21 comments:

Brenda said...

Im proud of you. I have never really tried this plant. Mom loves them and she does well with them. I do plants out side,but in the house I better stay with fake hehe.

Kathi said...

Way to go Sharon. Good for you. Here's the trick. Knock them over now and then and they will bloom for you. It's the truth. I used to have them in my bedroom when I was a teenager. The kitty knocked it over about once a month and it bloomed beautifully. Their roots do better when they receive oxygon. I love you, Kathi

Amy said...

Hi Sharon...there is "food" you can get specifically for african violets. Try Walmart or even Home Depot. Also, they may be ready for bigger pots. I enjoy your blog :)
Amy

Kelly said...

I DO remember when you got these! See how well you did with them!!!

have a great day today!!!!

Kelly

Anonymous said...

GOOD JOB SHARON!
To get them to bloom they need to be fed the nutrients for Violets! They have special plant food! I am in Illinois so I do not know where in Oregon. Happy New Year- Enjoy your blogs and your bible verses!
Karyl :o)

TattingChic said...

Congratulations! I don't much about these plants.

Jan said...

Hi Sharon! I'm playing catch up today! First...I love your plants and am so proud that you have kept them alive! I love African violets, but usually have no luck with them!
Also...I'm so happy the Grayson wasn't hurt in his wreck! So much to be thankful for there!
Take care!

Mrs.Ruiz said...

I dont have a green thumb either. I did however keep my current plant alive for almost a year. Her long vines froze a few weeks ago and I clipped them off and brought her in the house:)

Blessed With 4 said...

Hi Sharon...thank you for stopping by my blog and the nice comment you left. I have an african violet it has bloomed twice and that is it. I don't know any secrets but yours does look better than mine :)
Have a great day!

Rosie said...

Hi Sharon,
When I bought my African Violets I did a little research and learned a couple of things that seem to help them grow well. The first is to make sure you repot them in good soil, add smooth pebbles to the saucer for the pots to sit on, water them from the bottom only, and with room temperature water, not cold. I've had two of them sitting on my kitchen windowsill for the past two years and they are still blooming! Hope this helps.

Amy said...

Yay for you! Maybe I should try those plants. I usually kill my plants too.

nannykim said...

I know nothing about them , but my mom's used to love southern exposure and she used soom special bloom stuff (I think).

I have a plant that was given to me when my oldest son was born--so it is now 28 and 1/2 years old!! You can't kill this plant---it can be neglected for months!! I sometimes forget to water it for that long!! Guess I better give it some today!!

Shelley said...

Hi Sharon,I remember that first post about your lovely violets,I believe it was the first time I stopped in to visit you. I am so glad I did........

Blessings,Shelley

The Southern Housewife said...

I am such the same way! Hubby says I shouldnt buy real flowers anymore cause I just kill them later but I can't help it! I just love planting things and the color!

PS- Your back yard looks amazing!

Sharon Kay said...

Next time I come to visit I may see little flowers at the rate you are going. You must have just the right sun......you go girl with the green thumb........I am having a vintage giveaway so come over to the cottage and sign up when you can. From one Sharon to another............

Sweet Nothings said...

I remember when you got those! I'd love to see them bloom again! Good job on keeping them alive!! Mackenzie and I want to get some plants for our home.

Love you!

Beth said...

I love your plants and I really love your kitchen window sill!
What a great kitchen window!
Beth

Anonymous said...

Hi Sharon I also remember when you posted about those
african violets. I have never had those. But I remember when we lived in Michigan my Doctor had alot in his office.
And they had them under
a bright light comming from a lamp.
God Bless
Pamela

Jan Parrish said...

My MIL grows these. She has about 8 of them. They are really easy to restart. They like lots of light, warmth and little water. Be very careful not to water them too often.

Next you might try a pathos. They are also very easy to raise.

Mary said...

Sharon,

You can feed them African Violet food when you want to force them, but my daughter says to let them dry out completely and then water them deep. She has good luck with them and mine is still alive that my sister gave me for my birthday in October. It has bloomed once since then and now I need to fertilize it.

Take care. Enjoyed my visit.
Blessings,
Mary

Pearl said...

Hi Sharon... Your Violets are so pretty! My MIL had what seemed like Zillions of them all over her home... all types of blossoms and colors... truly amazing to have seen them! Sadly, I cannot keep live plants in the home, as the pets tend to find them and eat them... I do, however, have 2 plants that I keep in the downstairs bathroom... we try to remember to keep that door shut, and so far the plants are doing OK... every now 'n then I catch one of the cats nibbling on them and have to scoot them out of the bathroom... tee~heeee!

I hope your Holidays were wonderful and filled with blessings 'n Joy! As always, I'm running around blogland trying to catch up with everyone... soooo, I'm off to finish reading your posts! Please stop by for a visit when you can... I have a few awards for you! God bless...

~hugs 'n prayers~

Pearl

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