Friday, August 27, 2010


So, we have this weird violet plant at work. Really weird. I call it Audrey. It's the funkiest violet I've ever seen. Every once in a while, Audrey blooms beautifully; but recently, it hasn't been looking too healthy, so I decided to investigate. Turns out the mutant Audrey isn't really a mutant, it's just sharing it's digs with two roomies and they are all up in each other's bizniz!  Now I know why the leaves were growing sideways!  Duh! 

I know nothing about plants, but I figure it can't be good to have three of them in a pot built for one. So, I decided to try a plantervention. I guess I was feeling horticultural. Thanks a lot, Lois! Anyhoo, I brought the Audreys home, did some research, separated the plants, trimmed the roots, took off all the bad leaves, placed the rehabilitated violets in properly sized pots and filled them in with African violet mix. So, Audrey is getting her own place!

I found out that we had been feeding it all wrong.  We had it sitting in a dish of water that was always full.  Apparently, that's bad.  You should let it soak up water from the bottom, but only for about 45 minutes, max and only once every few months.  I still have the cute pots from Mom's party and they seem like the perfect size for the little Audreys. They're cute and functional--I think the double pot style (or whatever you call them) will make it easy to water the violets.  So, that's what I'm gonna do.

If one of these plants lives, I'll be really pleased.  If all three live, I'll be ecstatic!  I'll keep you posted on their progress.  Good luck, little Audreys!


  1. They're already looking so much better!! Good luck, I hope they continue to thrive.
    Also, those pots are really great, makes me wish I had some place to plant things.

  2. Impressive! Violets are no joke to raise, the ladies I worked with had a crazy set up at work, lightbox, temp gauge, the works! I can't kill cactus, so I'm excited by others' green thumbs.