Voraciously Viable Violets

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A memento

Do you have any idea how long it takes to almost kill an African violet?

Not long.

When my grandfather passed away in January, one of my cousins bought an arrangement of small potted plants so each of us grandkids could take one home after the funeral.

My cousin held out the basket for us to choose which plant we wanted. We laughed and joked about how quickly we would kill our plants. Who would kill her plant from PawPaw’s funeral first? We’re a loving bunch, if not sometimes inappropriate and irreverent.

*Diana spaces out to recall another rather irreverent moment….”

So sorry. I got distracted by novel fodder.

Anyhooo. I picked the African violets. Purple flowers, you know. Everyone pointed out that they are the hardest plants to keep alive.


Don’t get the leaves wet. Sounded easy enough.

Yeah, no.

Then my friend Tara came over and looked at the sad, browning, wilting—dying—plant. I hadn’t had the heart to throw it away.

Diana Beebe's Blog, Mermaids Don't Do Windows, Diana Beebe, science fiction, middle grade fantasy, fantasy“Water it from the bottom.” She put in on a saucer and watered the dish. “The water gets sucked up from the roots. Now give it some time.”

*time passes*

Hey! Green leaves!!


One day, I caught my HoneyDo pouring water on the plant—on the brand new baby leaves. *shocked face*


But now we all know how to water finicky African violets. We’ll just see if they are voraciously viable again someday.

What about you? Have you ever killed a plant and brought it back from the brink of doom?

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6 comments on… “Voraciously Viable Violets”

  1. Hi. This is your black-thumbed friend. The AV is the one plant I’ve managed not to kill. They sell these pots at Home Depot that sit in a bigger pot and the water is absorbed into the soil through the pores in the small pot. It does like to be in the sunny window and there is AV food drops that you put into the water when you remember. Don’t water the top of the soil because the stems and leaves rot easily. πŸ™‚

    Also, you can carefully pull the brown stuff out when it’s dry and disconnected.

    • Diana Beebe

      Fool-proof pots! That’s what I needed. LOL. I’ll have to clean up the brown stuff now and find AV food drops. Thanks for the tips! :-*

    • Diana Beebe

      Ha! LOL It would be so easy to blame it on him if only I hadn’t already almost killed it. πŸ˜›

  2. Many, many times. I’ve got a succulent upstairs that is already dead. It was a gift last autumn. How can you kill that? They are like the easiest plants on the planet to keep alive.

    I’m not to shabby in the garden, but bring a plant indoors… it might as well kiss its roots goodbye.

    • Diana Beebe

      Oh, poor succulent! My condolences!

      Seriously, what is it about bringing plants inside? “…kiss its roots goodbye”–sadly, yes, for me, too.

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