African Violet Society of America:
- The AVSA, known as the African Violet Society of America is an official association for African Violet indoor houseplants.
- It consists of a network of local African Violet clubs known as affiliates.
- A list of local/regional/state African Violet clubs can be found on the AVSA website here.
Local African Violet clubs:
- The goal of the African Violet clubs is to promote the growth, exchange and education of African Violet plants among its members.
- The clubs also encourage new members to join in and share their love/knowledge of African Violet plants.
- Clubs usually have weekly or monthly meetings, they discuss different topics at each meeting, will invite guest speakers and exchange African Violet plants/leaves with each other.
African Violet, perlite, coco coir and other potting mixes shown below:
Local African Violet shows:
- This interest of African Violet plants is shared by clubs with others during their annual or bi-annual African Violet shows or sales.
- Usually shows are organized in April-May and again in Sept-October depending upon the location of the club.
- At these shows, members will display the beautiful violets they have grown which are then merit-judged by AVSA judges.
- I will write a separate blog post about the AVSA Scales of Points used to judge African Violet show plants.
- A list of African Violet events at local clubs are available on the AVSA website here.
AVSA Membership / Magazine:
- Membership to AVSA also give you access to exclusive member only areas of the AVSA website, which includes past articles of “growing tips”.
- To learn more about becoming an AVSA member, please visit AVSA website here.
- Becoming a member of the AVSA automatically guarantees you access to their bi-monthly magazine (6 issues a year).
- The magazine publishes informative articles about growing and caring for African Violet plants.
- It also includes beautiful pictures of African Violet plants and guest articles written by hybridizers and hobby growers.
- To learn more about African Violets, you can subscribe to the AVSA magazine here.
Few reference books below regarding African Violets, some of the information may be outdated, but its still an interesting read.
Registering new African Violet plants:
- The AVSA is the official International Cultivar Registration Authority for the genus Saintpailia.
- If you have discovered a sport flower on your African Violet plant or have hybridized a new African Violet flower, you can register the plant with the AVSA.
- To register a new plant, a set number of requirements need to be fulfilled, more information can be found on the AVSA website here.
- I will be writing a separate detailed blog post about registering African Violet plants with AVSA.
Ceramic pots with different designs, can be used as a nice outer container for your African Violet plants as shown below, along with self watering pots.
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