The following is a calendar of suggested activities that African Violet Exhibitors should follow in order to achieve the best results in exhibiting their plants at the AVAVS Flower Show scheduled for the 5th May 2018.

AVAVS 2018 Grow To Show Calendar

Date Weeks to Show Fertilizer Light Plant Care
Feb 17
12
Foliar feed once in addition to regular fertilizing program Maintain at minimum of 10 hr/day Remove leaves. Pot down necks or pot up.
Feb 24
11
Maintain regular fertilizing program. Maintain. Continue to repot and groom.
Mar 3
10
Start “bloom booster” fertilizer (5-50-17 or 12-55-6 formula) Put one new tube in each light fixture. Completely disbud all plants, except perhaps minis & trailers.
Mar 10
9
Continue “bloom booster” fertilizer. Increase light time by one hour. Disbud heavily variegated varieties & double varieties for the last time. Continue to disbud all other varieties.
Mar 17
8
Continue “bloom booster” fertilizer. Foliar feed again. Increase light time by one hour. Disbud doubles and lightly variegated varieties for the last time. Continue to disbud semi-double stars and singles. ┬áCheck for suckers.
Mar 24
7
Change to 12-36-14 or 15-30-15 fertilizer formula for the remaining weeks. Increase light time by one hour. Disbud semi-doubles for the last time.
Mar 31
6
Maintain. Maintain. Disbud singles for the last time. Check for suckers. Wash foliage.
Apr 7
5
Maintain. Maintain. Maintain.
Apr 14
4
Maintain. Maintain. Maintain.
Apr 21
3
Maintain. Maintain. Maintain.
Apr 28
2
Maintain. Maintain. Maintain.
May 5
1
Maintain. Maintain. Remove spent blossoms, peduncles and pedicel stubs. Check for suckers. Brush away soil particles, etc. Pot down necks or pot up only if necessary.