Yeaaa! I finally got an African violet to flower. This is a big deal in my home. I have been through 3 rounds of trying to get African violets to flower properly but to no avail. I had no problem propagating tons of them but then when it got to flowering, they teased me every time. I would see a bud but either it wouldn’t open or it would look like a very ugly flower when it did. I think it had to do with the fact that I did not have enough sunshine power in a north facing window to support flowers. I gave away the ones I could and threw away the rest. I had had enough disappointment and I did not want to see them at all, lest they remind me of how I could not master them. I totally gave up on them and told myself I would never try to grow African Violets again. However, a month ago all that changed when I found a variegated kind. I thought that even though I couldn’t get them to flower, the variegated leaves were interesting to look at so I scooped it up.
I decided to place it in a terrarium so it would have all the humidity it required and maybe, just maybe it would flower for me. We moved and I finally had access to a west-facing window. I placed it on a shelf and forgot all about it (because I never had to water it). A week ago though, I was looking at how my terrarium collection was faring and I noticed it. I couldn’t believe my eyes, I grabbed a camera right away.
I was doing the happy dance until…wait…what??!! Are those what I think they are?
Yep! Mealy bugs. I found tons at the base. And I was make sure to look over a plant first for pests before buying. Sigh!
At first I was like…
OH boy! I just can’t win with African Violets. So, now what do I do because my skin crawls at the thought of picking them one by one (Did not enjoy doing that in the past) I’m thinking of getting a commercial insecticidal soap (too busy/lazy to make my own) and spray it all over. We’ll see if that gets rid of them. For now I have taken a mealy-bug free leaf from the plant to root and hopefully I’ll get a whole new plant. How have you successfully rid your plants of mealy bugs?
Hi, I’m Barbara and I’m a little obsessed with house plants. I share my house plant adventures in the hopes of inspiring you to continue to enjoy the greens in your home. And if you have no plants (yet!) I hope this blog inspires you to add some green to your home. So go on! Try it! I think you might quite like it. And who knows? You may end up being … obsessed too.