No 06 – March 2014


The Violet Barn newsletter                  No. 6 – March 2014
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Pin it to Win it Contest!

Have four plants, of your choosing, shipped to you at no cost.  Here’s the deal.  Go to our “Pinterest” page  and view our “Pin it to Win it” contest board.  Follow the instructions given and you may win four of the plants you can select from those shown on the contest board.  Contest ends April 1, 2014.


March 24, 2014.
Next international shipping date
Order deadline is March 17 to give us time to submit phyto application

March 21-23, 2014
Capital Dist. Garden & Flower Show
Hudson Valley CC, Troy, NY
Visit us at booth #301

More free stuff and offers:

AVSA Convention Show awards.
Nashville, Tennesee, May 28-31.
Best Robinson collection wins $200.  2nd place wins $100. 

Earn a free plant when you order. Simply write a review before ordering, good or bad, we’d like to know.  Details found on online catalog.

Considered joining AVSA?
Become a member of the African Violet Society of America.  Join when ordering from us and earn a free plant with your plant order.  To learn more about the society and membership,  

Contact us:

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mail:  PO Box 9, Naples, NY 14512

phone:  585-374-8592
Monday-Saturday, 12-5 pm ET

Our shop and glasshouse at:

7209 County Road 12
Naples, New York  14512

Shown above: The ‘Violet Barn’ this winter….
What’s “news”:

It seems winter will never end.  “Brutal” is the best word to describe it–record cold temperatures day after day.  We rarely go a week without shipping, even in the middle of winter, but have had to delay orders more than once this winter.   For those who’ve had to wait longer to receive their orders our apologies.

We continue to guarantee safe delivery on all orders shipped via Express mail only now through week of April 15.  After that time we can guarantee safe delivery via priority mail as well.

In February, we attended and sold at the Connecticut Flower and Garden Show.  If you missed it, we’ve posted some photos from the show on our facebookpage. Visit us next year–we’re planning on expanding our both to offer even more.

If you haven’t already, check out the new look of the website, particularly the new material added to the “plant care” pages.  And, enter our ‘pin it to win it’ contest–entries end April 1, and no purchase is necessary.

  What’s “new”:
Some of what’s been recently added to our
catalog.  Click on names to view.

Episcia ‘Jim’s Mystery’ (shown above).  Bright orange blooms with yellow eye and soft silvery-pastel green leaves frosted with purplish-red on edges.  Easy grower and bloomer.

Rob’s Ditzi Mitzi. Lovely semiminiature African violet with      green and white variegated leaves and semidouble pink and white pinwheel blooms.
Sinningia ‘NG Sluchaino Rozovyi’.
 Wow!  Huge, double, purple carnation blooms with very wide, white border to each petal.  Incredible Russian speciosa-type hybrid.
To see more:

This month’s question:I have just started up with violets after a long hiatus and am trying to grow them under florescent lights.  You write “place a two-tube fixture about 12-18″ above plants, and keep on about 12-13 hours a day”.  Elsewhere, I have seen it recommended that the lights be about 6 inches from the leaves.  Do you mean above the bottom of the pot, the soil surface, or leaves?

We measure from the pot rim to the bulbs.  6 inches seems very close and we wouldn’t recommend it.  Miniature violets will take more light than standards.  Also T8 bulbs are brighter than T12 bulbs.  Bottom line: start where you think is best, then let the plants tell you what they like.  Lots of blooms but pale leaves and/or tight centers means too much light.  Nice green leaves, but a lack of bloom means too little.

This month’s tip:

How to (carefully) transport a plant?  First step is to find a box large enough to hold your plant.  Many growers will then make a “nest” inside the box using shredded paper, plastic bags, or the like.  This works well, but doesn’t always prevent the plant from shifting in the box–be sure there’s plenty of nesting material around plant.  This is what we’ll do when transporting our “show” plants…  glue a pot the same size (as the plant is in) to the bottom inside of the box.  Then simply place the plant and pot into the empty pot in the box!  Short of turning the box on its side, the plant won’t go anywhere. 

Planning a visit?
Though we always have plenty of plants, keep in mind that our schedule becomes very busy with shows and the onset of “spring shipping”.  Please note our calendar–days immediately preceding and following shows will find fewer blooming plants available, simply because many of them are being packed for, or have been sold at, these shows.  If you’re traveling and need accommodations, the “violet house” is available for rental—contact us.
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