A native of Tanzania

In The Garden

African violets whose botanical name is Saintpaulia came originally from the hills of Tanzania in East Africa.

The leaves are green in colour, and somewhat hairy and fleshy with brittle stalks. African violets are not demanding plants, but if given regular and careful attention will produce flowers all year round.  They do best in moderate to bright light but not direct sunlight.  For best results, place them in a window corner.

20130127peggyThis plant grows well in an open but rich potting compost, and remember, it cannot tolerate water on its leaves or crown.  On the whole it needs just enough water to keep the soil moist, but  not soggy. Feed with a liquid fertilizer – Miracle Gro All Purpose or Miracle Gro African Violet Plant Food once a fortnight.

There are many hybrid plants with colours ranging from white, pink, blue, purple, red and mauve.  The flowers may have single five petals or semi-double or fully double.  Nowadays, plants with two-coloured petals are popular.

It can be grown from a leaf cutting in clean white sand and Pro-mix.

With the right care an African violet can last for many years.  My niece has one which is six years old.  She has to change the pot size at least once a year.

Until next week, Happy Gardening!

More in Features, Sunday

default placeholder

Three welcome developments: The appointment of the Tax Chief, the Head of FIU, and the Bid Protest Committee

Three important appointments were recently announced, namely the Commissioner-General of the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA), the Director of the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) and members of the three-person Bid Protest Committee.

20160725Dave Chadee

Caribbean chases Zika preparedness, after death of mosquito expert

By Gerard Best   Gerard Best is a researcher and writer covering social issues across the Caribbean and Latin America. Based in Trinidad and Tobago, he is the former New Media Editor at Guardian Media Limited and the Caribbean Communications Network, the country’s largest media companies.

These children enjoyed being pushed home by a cousin

Riverstown

Riverstown, a village on the Essequibo Coast, is pressed between Pomona and Airy Hall. Once you cross the railway-like bridge over a black water creek, you’re in Riverstown, where there are more than 700 residents.

lucasjuly14

Mobile money: a technological fad or serious economic business?

No one knows Imagine talking to a friend on the phone while thousands of dollars are pressed to your ears and no one knows it. 

default placeholder

Development imperatives for the extractive forest sub-sector

Regrettable underperformance Readers would have no doubt readily gleaned from the subject matter which was addressed in last Sunday’s column, whether it was a boon for Guyana or a regrettable loss as I had represented it, for a country of its size, vulnerability, and poverty, which was also exceptionally well endowed with forest resources, to be seemingly boastful of its historically comparative low deforestation rate.

IanonSunday

Despair

Elie Wiesel, Auschwitz survivor, Nobel Peace Prize laureate, died recently at the age of 87. His book, Night, is one of the most unsparing accounts ever written of the horror man inflicts on his fellow man.

Comments

About these comments

The comments section is intended to provide a forum for reasoned and reasonable debate on the newspaper's content and is an extension of the newspaper and what it has become well known for over its history: accuracy, balance and fairness. We reserve the right to edit or delete comments which contain attacks on other users, slander, coarse language and profanity, and gratuitous and incendiary references to race and ethnicity.



Stay updated! Follow Stabroek News on Facebook or Twitter.

Get the day's headlines from SN in your inbox every morning: