Monday, April 1, 2013

African Violets

African Violet
Most grocery stores have a floral department. And in these floral departments you will almost ALWAYS find a display of beautiful African Violets. 

Get your GREEN THUMBS ready! We’ve found another MUSE!

African Violets!

Here are some interesting facts I discovered about African Violets.

Over 20 million African Violets are sold in the United States of America. This makes them THE most popular houseplant in the world. Take a look at this video and see an African Violet nursery up close.

The African Violet is native to Tanzania, a small East African country. The wild variety was found by a German colonialist is the late 19th century. He sent some seeds home to Europe where they were propagated.  (Look at the end of this post to find the definition of this BIG word.)

African Violets were introduced to American households in the 1920’s, and we have been in love with them ever since. There are even societies and clubs dedicated to these charming plants.

But the most interesting fact is how they are propagated today. Most other plants are grown by seeds, roots, or bulbs. The African Violet is started from a “mother leaf”.

You simply cut a leaf (diagonally) from the “mother plant” and stick it into some soil. If you keep it watered, you should have a baby African violet plant within six weeks. From there, you should do some more research on how to grow successful plants, especially if you want yours to bloom.

So, with that new knowledge, what kind of story could you write? Maybe these “what if’s” will help you get started.

What if you found a new plant species that held magical powers?

What if you planted a “mother leaf” but something else grew instead – a monster that eats only African Violets?

What if people could plant their toenails (Eww) to grow a clone of themselves?

The possibilities are endless! And please leave your own “WHAT IF” questions in the comment section below. I’d love to see what you come up with.

Grab a cup of hot cocoa, a piece of paper and a pencil, and let’s begin. With your imagination, we can go anywhere! I look forward to seeing where you take us!

With Imagination,

Prof. Watermelon

P.S. The word of the week is “propagate”. Here is the definition: To cause (an organism) to multiply by any process of natural reproduction from the parent stock.

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