2020 – present issues

Back issues VioletsFun newsletter:

Each issue features new or sale items listed on our catalog, notices of upcoming events and important dates, and cultural information and advice.  Also, fun contests and prize winners.  Back issues can be seen here.

Though content is same, appearance here differs from the original newsletter (the format is somewhat different).  Issues here are in pdf format and can easily be printed out.

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Brief highlights of each issue shown below:

No. 71 – January 2020: Construction of new “green room”.  Unusual plant–Pedilanthus tithymoides.  Restarting an old violet–how much of a stem to leave?  When will it bloom?
No. 72 – February 2020:  Charming plant–Sinningia glazioviana.  Dealing with mealy bugs–identifying and treating.
No. 73 – March 2020:  CT Flower and Garden Show.  Charming plant–Peperomia minima.  Suckers, and dividing a multicrowned African violet.  Do all violets develop “necks”?
No. 74 – April 2020:  Dealing with Covid-19 and the lockdown.  Fungus gnats–cause and treatment.  Streptocarpus not blooming–effect of heat and watering.
No. 75 – May 2020:  Toilet paper…and violets.  Thrips–identifying, symptoms of, and treatment.
No. 76 – June 2020:  AVSA “virtual” show.  Mold on soil surface.  Blossom colors on African violets and how they are described.
No. 77 – July 2020:  The shelves are bare!  New pots for smaller plants.  Browning of leaves and buds on violets.  How to get Episcia to bloom and should I let stolons grow?
No. 78 – August 2020:  Kohlerias are back!  Shipping delays due to Covid-19.  Unusual, charming plant–Nautilocalyx pemphidius.  Identifying and dealing with “suckers” on violets.  When should I remove damaged leaves on my violet?
No. 79 – September 2020:  Introduction to Pearcea.  Identifying a “neck” on violets and how to remedy.  Can “wicking” soil be too wet?  Ingredients of potting mixes for self-watering pots.
No. 80 – October 2020:  Basics of artificial light and choosing bulbs–what kind, how bright, and how to use?  Violet leaves growing downwards.  How long does a violet take to bloom?
No. 81 – November 2020:  Remodeling of Violet Barn shop and main growing area.  Symptoms of overwatering–identifying and correcting.  Violet potted too loosely in soil.
No. 82 – December 2020:  Discolored leaves–what is normal and not.  Flowers appearing on very short blossom stems.

No. 83 – January 2021:  Charming plant: Malpighia coccigera.  My plant looks like this:  crown variegation.  Using cactus soil for African violets.
No. 84 – February 2021:  Unusual plant: Lysionotus montanus.  Using superphosphate in soil.  ‘Bushy’ plants not blooming.
No. 85 – March 2021:  Gesneriads as cut flowers.  Propagating violets from leaf sections.  Removing crown of African violets–will it live?
No. 86 – April 2021:  New release from Kathy Hajner, ‘K’s Simply Put’.  My plant looks like this:  excessive variegation, no green in leaves.  Caring for violets when on not at home.
No. 87 – May 2021:  Shop reopening to visitors.  My plant looks like this:  “sunburn” or too much light.  Miniature variety growing too large.
No. 88 – June 2021:  AVSA and Gesneriad Society Cyber conventions.  Water spotting on leaves of African violet.
No. 89 – July 2021:  My plant looks like this:  Aphids!  What they look like, treatment.  Shallow rooted violets and repotting in SW pots.  Streptocarpus care while away from home.
No. 90 – August 2021:  Free light carts!  How we water plants at the Violet Barn.  Fragrant streptocarpus.
No. 91 – September 2021:  My plant looks like this:  lack of light.  Restarting an African violet.
No. 92 – October 2021:  Free plant with your October order!  Grooming streptocarpus.  Growing streptocarpus with single or multiple crowns.
No. 93 – November 2021:  My plant looks like this: pruning Kohlerias.  Can leaf cuttings be stored and how?  What is a “balanced” fertilizer?