- Paperback: 129 pages
- Publisher: The Crowood Press Ltd; New edition edition (6 Feb. 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1861261500
- ISBN-13: 978-1861261502
- Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 0.9 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
African Violets: The Complete Guide Paperback – 6 Feb 1998
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The African Violet (Saintpaulia) continues to increase in popularity, having developed over the last fifty years from its few hundred varieties to the thousands that exist today in an ever-increasing range of colour and type. This guide includes chapters on the plant's history, development and classification, and provides practical information and advice on propagation, general care, hybridization and the prevention and treatment of pests and diseases. Written in a non-technical style, it seeks to explode the myth that African Violets are difficult to grow.
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Nevertheless, there are a number of problems with this book which mean that it can never be considered as the definitive work on Saintpaulias. As a plant fanatic who also appreciates an informative and entertaining read - or, in other words, a book that you can take to bed with you, or that will absorb and inform on a rainy afternoon spent lounging on the sofa - this is disappointingly brief, and the writing style is often "stuffy" and offputting. The authors frequenty and irritatingly use the first person plural ("we"), and fascinating aspects of the Saintpaulia genus such as botany, ecology and conservation (all of which are of interest to serious growers and casual hobbyists alike) are barely touched upon.
In addition, too much space in the book is taken up with a somewhat pointless, un-illustrated list of varieties, room that would have been more effectively utilised in the manner detailed above. I have to point out too that this is not a recent book and therefore does not reflect recent developments in Saintpaulia breeding. Finally, in the list of suppliers of plants at the back of the book, I was surprised and puzzled to find no mention of the world famous, UK based Dibleys Nursery, one of the best known suppliers of African violets both in Britain and around the world.
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It's easy to read and I enjoy the illustrations.
It has maybe not all but certainly most of what practical violet keeping advice you would usually need.
So I gave it a five star review.
It's helped me often and with good tips.