Why Should YOU hybridize I
remember a long time ago my mother got an AV from her mother. It was a beautiful purple. This AV had a special place in the home. One day, for some reason, my mother taught me
how to break off a leaf and propagate it.
I was not very old at the time. I
think I may have been six or seven. The
point is I enjoyed it so much; I went on to get a B.S. in Horticultural Science,
and another in Crop Biotechnology. An AV
had in fact changed my life, or rather provided a fork in the road that I
an African Violet?
bring us a lot of joy, addiction, and make our homes more inviting to others,
and help cure and rid depression. I am
positive that my grandmother had no idea what doors that AV gift many years ago
would do to her grandson.
Imagine now if
YOU can give your friends, family, daughters and sons, something that isn’t just
a present; it is a part of YOU. This
plant, not only was a gift, but took a lot of days, weeks, months and years in
the making. It can become a legacy. Your legacy for all to enjoy. And perhaps, some will not even care about
the name it has, it might be an unnamed variety found in the grocery store, but
that was your gift to society.
Hybridizing an AV can help cure your addiction. We can get so caught up in collecting our
particular niche, at times we forget about our love for them. Let’s just say you love variegated AV’s, and
you want more. Well, instead of trying to
get every variegate out there, try your hand at making your own. This is an easy gene to pass from mother to
child. But more about that later. Just imagine the possibilities. You can make your own, to fulfill your own
niche. It will take space, so you will
always have plenty of plants around; you will not have to get so many leaves traded in the
mail. I am not trying to tell you to
avoid this; just it will help slow it down a bit.
satisfaction of the flower: It seems so
many of us are fascinated with some of the amazing flowers on our plants. Do you remember standing there mesmerized by
the beauty of an AV flower? Take
yourself back to that moment and you can see how much more intense the feeling
will become when a seedling, a cross that you made, opens its flower for the
first time. The awe inspiring moment
will live on in your mind for a very long time.
You will achieve perhaps many people's dream.
hybridizer you get to pick the flower color, the foliage type, the size of the
plant, the leaf color, and so many more characteristics that belong to the
AV. This is your chance to make that
“dream violet” come true.
doesn’t take millions of dollars to hybridize.
This is a dream that costs relatively little. It can be performed under a functioning shop
light with fairly inexpensive water, fertilizers, growing media, and just a few
hybridizing tools that can usually be found around the house. So don’t let money hold you
doesn’t require a greenhouse. Okay, it will
take some space! But if you’re already
addicted to AVs, you already have space for them.
You might have to add a new light rack, or maybe weed out duplicates to
make room for seedlings. But if you are
interested in hybridizing, don’t let space rule you out. You can always send out your babies to an
“adoptive parent” while it comes into bloom. (This is another program which will
be very fun)—“Adopt an AV Seedling for a Hybridizer”--- ---- ----*more on that
your choice and you are the deciding factor.
Once you make up your mind there is no turning back. There are not any contracts that have been
signed. There are no fees being waived; there is no small print. There is just
you, your violets, and your dream.
opening up this for discussion. I want
to know “Why YOU want to hybridize?” I
want to know “What is your dream AV?”, and last but not least I want to know if
you have any more questions in regards to this first very basic lesson. It was simply meant to get you excited, get
you interested, get your gears lubed, the oil changed, the windows cleaned, CUZ
WE’RE GOING ON A RIDE THROUGH YOUR DREAMS!