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 25th May 2019.

AVAVS 2019 Grow To Show Calendar

Date Weeks to Show Fertilizer Light Plant Care
Mar 2
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.
Mar 9
11
Maintain regular fertilizing program. Maintain. Continue to repot and groom.
Mar 16
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 23
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 30
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.
Apr 6
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.
Apr 13
6
Maintain. Maintain. Disbud singles for the last time. Check for suckers. Wash foliage.
Apr 20
5
Maintain. Maintain. Maintain.
Apr 27
4
Maintain. Maintain. Maintain.
May 4
3
Maintain. Maintain. Maintain.
May 11
2
Maintain. Maintain. Maintain.
May 18
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.