No reprint of the English version is planned.
And no electronic version is planned at the moment.
The history and origins of the African Violet
Discover its family and species. Learn how to grow these small plants with an extraordinary potential and get acquainted with the leaser known varieties, the African violet trailers.
English version published by the author
English & French version are available only from the author
190 pages JUNE 2012
Size: 8,5'' x 10,5''
Color photos: Over 300
Tables: A dozen
The text of the back cover is written by Jeff Smith, holds a Ph. D. in Botany. He is a well-known and highly appreciated in the African violet world. Author of several articles on genetic research on these plants, he is also a columnist of the Research Section in the African Violet Magazine.
The book is divided into two main sections comprising seven chapters. The first is dedicated to the history from the 13th century to the present and an introduction to each wild type species following the most recent classification of January 2009. The second covers all the requirements for succesfull culture as well as a section devoted to Africain violet trailers and shows. The information will be found to be complete, simple and relevant to all levels of growing expertise. With all the information accumulated during the 14 years of research, this book will become a reference for fanciers and an essential tool for everyone desiring to discover this little plant of undeniable potential.
History and origins of the African violet
History of the Africain violet from the thirteenth century to the present
Story of Baron Walter von St. Paul-Illaire
Original lands of the African violet and rainforests
Species of the genus Saintpaulia
Species of the genus Saintpaulia
Table of species of the genus Saintpaulia, April 2007
New classification according to Dr. Iain Darbyshire
Notes on Mather and Uppsala Collections
Genetic studies in Saintpaulia
Different type of hair leaf
Description of the following species list of Dr. Darbyshire
The Cultivation of African violets
Anatomy of the African violet
Flowers and leaves design
Special notes on “Bustle” foliage and types of “wasps” flowers
Different varieties of African violets
Special notes on micros, miniatures and semi-miniatures
Various methods of reproduction
Temperature, Lighting, Watering, Fertilizers, Containers, Loams and pH and Potting
Pests and diseases
Features and specifications dominant/recessive
The African violet Trailers
Varieties of African violets Trailers and terms “Trailing” and “Semi Trailing”
Three shapes of trailing African violets
Appropriate container for Trailers
Special care for Trailers
Multiplication of Trailers
African Violet Society of America
Familiarizing yourself with the Shows
Scale of points and prices
African Violet Clubs and other associations
In memory of Mrs. Silva Mather, who was an inspiration to me. Her passion for the preservation of this small plant can be felt through her writings and has encouraged me to persevere in the completion of writing this book.
To all those who are close to me in the African violet world and who have expressed an interest in the protection of the species of this genus and for growing African violets trailers.
And finally, to all plant lovers and lovers of our planet. I hope this book brings to all of you as much satisfaction as I've had throughout this fantastic adventure.
Photo: Mrs. Silva Mather during her visit to the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, 1980
Special thanks for this photo from the daughters of Mrs. Mather, Annie and Caroline Mather.
It was a privilege for me to receive this photo. (© Copyright)
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