African Violets Back to the Basics: Your Questions Answered

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AuthorHouse, Dec 20, 2006 - Fiction - 116 pages
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Have you ever had a question on how to grow African violets but could not find the answer? Now your dilemma is solved and you will be able to quickly find the information for which you are looking. With this book in your hands you will no longer have to guess when it comes to growing beautiful African violets, crowned with dozens of gorgeous blossoms.

The primary theme of Mel Robey’s third book on African violets is: Getting Back to the Basics. The reader will find answers to 250 of the most common questions the author has been asked since the publication of his first book on these popular houseplants. He combines a unique knowledge of horticulture with an easy to understand writing style.


250 Questions and their answers are covered in ten chapters


Chapter 1    Introduction

Chapter 2    Getting To Know Your Plants

Chapter 3    Plant Food Essential For Healthy Plants

Chapter 4    Potting Mixtures: Key To Being Successful

Chapter 5    Containers For Growing Beautiful African Violets

Chapter 6    Proper Watering Techniques Important

Chapter 7    Those Ugly Pests: Insects, Diseases, and Other Unsightly Problems

Chapter 8    Propagation Is Easy

Chapter 9    The Environment Around Your Plants

Chapter 10  Light: Its Role In A Plant’s Life



You will find answers to questions such as:


•What can be done to solve the problem after a white, salty crust has formed on the potting soil surface and rim of the pot?

•Does the type of fertilizer I use have any influence on how well my African violets bloom?

•Are there any simple ways to sterilize my potting mixture?

•If you could pick one problem that causes African violets the most trouble, what would it be?

•Why are the flower buds on my African violet dropping off before they open? This is very discouraging!

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About the author (2006)

The author’s first book, African Violets: Queens of the Indoor Gardening Kingdom, was hailed as a tribute to the Queen of the indoor gardening kingdom. Enthusiastic African violet fans have referred to his second book, African Violets: Gifts from Nature, as a “Masterpiece” and as “a must have for your African violet library.” Mr. Robey continues his reign as the African Queen’s devoted King with the publication of his third book on America’s most popular flowering houseplant—and promises it is not his last.

Mel Robey uses his unique knowledge of the plant world to explain to the reader the basic skills required to produce beautiful African violets. His down-to-earth, easy-to-understand approach to writing is the key to his success as an author.

The author is also a well known agronomic expert in the sports world. Through his lifelong efforts and those of many others at Purdue University, numerous professional and college sports fields converted from artificial turf to a natural grass playing field. The most notable was when the San Francisco 49’ers and Giants decide to be the first to tear out the Astroturf in Candlestick Park, replacing it with one of Mr. Robey’s patented designs.

Mr. Robey has a Bachelor of Science degree from Utah State University and a Master’s degree from Purdue University. Both degrees specialized in botany, horticulture, and agronomy.

Mr. Robey divides his time between living in southern California’s desert area near Palm Springs and Pattaya/Jomtien, Thailand. Besides writing, his other hobbies include: golfing, fishing, and traveling.


Selected Illustrations by Terry Sheehan (T.P.S.)


Mr. Terry Sheehan studied drawing and composition, basic design and color at College of the Desert in Palm Desert, California. Terry began his art career in the second grade; his first floral object was a rose. Flowers and nature drawings are his favorite subjects. In his spare time Mr. Sheehan volunteers as an art instructor at a Boys and Girls Club.

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