A Shower Favor
At my last African violet club meeting, part of the program included splitting and sharing a plant that was given to the club. A man contacted a club member wondering if we wanted his recently passed wife’s African violets. Of course, they said yes. I have never seen African violets allowed to grow this large. In our club, as in most AV clubs, we try to grow our plants according to the guidelines that would allow the violets to be judged in a show. That means only one violet is grown in a pot and it is allowed only one crown. It is groomed to have as many flowers as possible, hopefully all open on the day they will be judged for a blue ribbon. These plants were overgrown, unruly, and needed dividing, but still were amazing. Everyone grows their plants differently and there is no denying that these huge plants are quite spectacular. The plants shown below are growing in an approximately 14″ pot and it was full and overflowing. We also had another of these pots and two 6-8″ pots, also full.
The husband told us his wife Patricia had received the violet as a bridal shower favor 25 years earlier. (What a great idea, by the way. Who doesn’t want a plant, instead of the usual shower favors?) She eventually had 4 pots of violets, as she separated them as they grew and multiplied. There are, obviously, many plants in each pot. The stems had become long and curled around on themselves. Find out how to take care of an African violet that has developed a “neck”, here.
Our group separated the plants and many took home leaves and small plants. If you’ve read my blog, you know I love the stories behind the plants. They may have been from grandma, or even great grandma, like my fern, which you can read about here. I’m extremely sentimental and love that I have a plant from my great grandma, and I also nurture plants received at the funerals of my dad, grandma, and father-in-law.
The best part of this story is the fact that the husband cared enough to find a home for his wife’s beloved plants. I’m sure she would be happy to know that the plants she cared for for over 25 years are going to good homes and will continue to live on for many years to come. If you have a plant you’ve had for many years or are special to you because they came from a family member, let me know in the comments below.