Growing Supplies

Here's everything you need to nurture your violets and companion plants from growing containers to violet soil and fertilizer. Keep your violets healthy and blooming year round with these products.


African Violet Pots
(Azalea Pots)
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Description: Economy. Durability. Some people call these Azalea pots or tubs but we know better. This is the standard for potting African Violets!


Note: 4 inch and 5 inch are out of stock. We expect more pots in late April 2013.

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2 1/2" African Violet Pots
(terracotta, 2" deep)
Quantity 10 (2 1/2" pots) $1.75
Quantity 50 (2 1/2" pots) $6.95

3" African Violet Pots
(green, 2 1/4" deep)
Quantity 10 (3" pots) $1.95
Quantity 50 (3" pots) $8.95

4" African Violet Pots
(terracotta, 3 inches deep
Quantity 10 (4" pots) $2.39
Quantity 50 (4" pots) $9.45

5" African Violet Pots
(terracotta, 4" deep)
Quantity 10 (5" pots) $3.95
Quantity 50 (5" pots) $14.95

6" African Violet Pots
(green, 4 3/4" deep
Quantity 10 (6" pots) $4.59
Quantity 50 (6" pots) $18.49


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Cushy Pots (4 inch soft violet pot)

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Low Cost Cushy Pots
These pots are very thin which also means they are soft and flexible which helps put the "cushy" in their name. They're thin because they have less plastic in them. Less plastic means they're cheaper than a standard violet pot. We don't like them for potting violets we're going to keep on the light shelf for a long time, but they are a great alternative to a "solo" cup. If you're looking for a container to temporarily root a few leaves, these pots are for you. They're also great for anything that needs a pot for a short time interval. They surely are much better than using paper drink cups. Pots are 4 inches diameter, 2.75 inches deep.

10 Cushy pots $1.79
50 Cushy pots$6.99
100 Cushy pots$12.15

Pan Pots

Bluebird Greenhouse bulb pan

These shallow pots (or pans) are ideal for growing Episcias or Trailing Violets. They are also useful for arranging small violet dish gardens. The pans are green.



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6" Pans
(green 3 3/4" deep)
Quantity 10 (6" pans) $15.99


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Cutie Pans

Bluebird Greenhouse Cutie Pot
Cutie Pans
These pans are wonderful. When our local violet club first saw them they all wanted pans to bring home. At the time we didn't have pricing on them - but now we can offer a very attractive violet container at an affordable price. These durable terracotta color plastic pans will make any violet collection look good. Drainage holes in the bottom are ready to accept our Figidy Wicks for maintenance free violet gardening. Especially useful for Trailers and Episcias or plant into it like the container gardens at the National violet shows. Have your own violet container garden design! Pick up a few today and give it a try. Terracotta color with wick/drainage holes.

The 6" diameter pans are 2 3/4" deep and the 8" diameter pans are 3 1/2" deep.


5 Cutie Pans (6" diam) $5.99
10 Cutie Pans (6" diam) $9.99

5 Cutie Pans (8" diam) $10.99
10 Cutie Pans (8" diam) $14.99


Mix and Match Cutie Pans!

Can't decide whether you need the 6 inch Cutie Pans or the 8 inch Cutie Pans??? Here's a deal for the indecisive - have it both ways! Get 3 of the smaller 6 inch pans and 3 of the larger 8 inch pans. You could always start out in the 6 inch size and move up to the 8 inch when that trailer or Episcia loves your growing environment and starts stretching out all over the lightstand.

3 - 6 inch Cutie Pans and 3 - 8 inch Cutie Pans (terracotta color) $9.99

Barber of Seville Squirtware

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16 oz Barber of Seville Squirt Bottle
For watering show plants without getting water all over the leaves, this wide mouth squirt bottle is the perfect accessory. It's one of the best laboratory quality bottles we have seen. It will hold 16 oz of water or water with fertilizer. A gentle squeeze of the polythelene bottle will put out a fine stream of liquid. The liquid shoots pretty far!!!! I have been able to water my Siningias at the back of the light shelf by shooting a stream of water from the front. It makes watering fun! Of course you would never want to try this with large show plants. In this case use the nozzle tip to get under the leaves and gently squeeze to give them a drink. Another good use of these squirt bottles is for maintaining plants in a showroom at a Violet show. This is the perfect watering accessory. Clubs preparing for a Violet show may want to get a case or two of these. The 16 oz (500cc) polyethylene bottle is 7" tall (not measuring the squirter) and 2.9" diameter.

16 oz Squirt Bottle $12.95
Case of 6 bottles$69.95

Figidy Wicks! (Violet Wicks)

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5 Yards of Figidy Wicks
Bask in the luxury of 5 yards of figidy wicking - the perfect twisted nylon wicking material available in the following colors: designer white - plain white - white retreat - white slumber - snow white - white blizzard - ultra white - midnight white - white glow - star white - - bridal white - Lexus White and pearl white. For convenience, these are all the same color white. Have fun ... order some from Bluebird Greenhouse using different white names. See if anybody knows what you're talking about. Thread one end into the bottom of a violet pot and place the other into a source of water and you won't have to worry about watering your violets for days at a time. Rumored to also work with plants that are not violets but of course we wouldn't know about that. In case you were worrying about it, this wick material by the Wallace Cordage company has 160 pounds of tensile strength. We're not sure what this has to do with watering violets but this sure is great wicking material.

5 yards Figidy Wicking $1.00
10 yards Figidy Wicking $1.75

Sucker Plucker

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Sucker Plucker
This is a great tool to get into tiny places to expertly groom your plants. Originally sold by the Tinari's who coined the great name "Sucker Plucker". For 60 years of AVSA history, this has been one of the most popular and favorite tools of growers. It makes a great conversation piece as well. Tell your neighbors who probably know nothing about growing African Violets that you use a "sucker plucker" to groom your plants into yielding those beautiful blooms.

1 Sucker Plucker $3.95

Optimara 20-5-10 Plant Food

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Optimara 20-5-10 Plant Food
This plant food has been used in commercial greenhouses for over 20 years. It's a good general purpose Fertilizer that contains no Urea. 20% Nitrogen promotes strong leaves, 5% Phosphate develops vigorous roots and 10% Potash for disease resistance. The fertilizer also contains chelated trace elements which serve as activating compounds that aid in cell development. Each box contains 10 pre-measured pouches. Mixed with water, each pouch produces one gallon of Plant Food.
  1 Box (10 packets) $2.49
12 Boxes $24.95

Optimara 14-12-14 Violet Food

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Optimara 14-12-14 Violet Food

This is an excellent African Violet fertilizer because the Nitrogen is derived from Ammonium Nitrate instead of urea. Urea is very bad for African Violets because it hinders a Violet's ability to properly absorb water and nutrients. Even if you don't buy this product, avoid any fertilizers that contain urea nitrogen when purchasing fertilizer. Each box contains 6 pre-measured pouches. Mixed with water, each pouch produces one gallon of Violet Food.


  1 Box (6 packets) $2.19
  12 Boxes $21.95

Clear Saucers

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These clear plastic saucers are made to go under plant pots in order to collect water that may leak out and damage or stain furniture. You can also use these saucers to water violets if you only put enough water in the saucer that the plant can absorb in a few hours. It is not a good idea to leave a violet standing in water for an extended period of time. Available in 4 inch and 6 inch diameters.

  10 - 4 inch saucers $ 1.79
  25 - 4 inch saucers $3.79
 
  10 - 6 inch saucers $ 2.79
  25 - 6 inch saucers $5.99

Violet Potting Soil

Soil picture by Monet Studio

This is our own mix - a great soiless mix for violets. This mix has proven itself over the years for the thousands and thousands of violets we have grown.

  1 Gallon Bag $ 4.00

Sponge Rock

perlite picture

This is a coarse perlite used in orchid mixes. It is also used to lighten violet soils when wick watering will be used.

  1 Gallon bag $ 3.95

Yellow Sticky Cards

sticky card picture by Monet Studio These Yellow sticky cards are 3 x 5 and when placed near violets will cause bugs to stick to the tacky surface. Professional greenhouses use them to monitor how many bugs are in the area. They make a great nontoxic insect trap. The yellow color is especially attractive to thrips. Aphids and other bugs also get stuck to the sticky surface as well. The package is for cards only - you need to put them onto a stick or prop them up some other way near your plants.
  10 Cards $ 8.99
  30 Cards$21.99

Plastic Plant Labels

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These African Violet labels are molded into handy sheets of 8 labels which snap apart easily. Each label is 5/8 inch wide and 4 inches long. Use a waterproof Sharpie or pencil to write plant names or other pertinent information on the label. In our greenhouse we usually write a propagation date on the label for our leaves. The labels are available in quantities of 24 (3 sheets), 48 (6 sheets) or 96 (12 sheets).
  24 labels (3 sheets) $ 3.49
  48 labels (6 sheets)$5.95
  96 labels (12 sheets)$9.95

10x20 Trays

10x20 tray
10x20 Trays
These trays are 10 inches wide by 20 inches long and can be used to hold up to 12 violets or they can be filled with potting soil to grow plants. You can also place capillary matting inside these trays so violets can be watered from below without wicks. Just place the violet pots on the matting and wet the matting. (Unfortunately capillary matting is not available from us at this time)
  Quantity 6 10x20 trays $7.99
  Quantity 12 10x20 trays $13.95

10x20 Propagation Domes

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10x20 Domes
These clear plastic domes are 10 inches wide by 20 inches long and fit exactly over a 10 x 20 tray. The clear plastic allows light in but stops moisture from escaping. We use the domes on a light stand to propagate leaves. Each dome provides an ideal moisture laden environment to encourage propagation. It also makes the propagation process maintenance free. Once the leaves are put down and watered, cover with the dome and wait without having to do anything else during the propagation period. (10 x 20 trays sold separately)
  Quantity 3 10x20 domes $6.99
  Quantity 6 10x20 domes $10.95