February 7, 2003

Root and Crown Rot of African Violets

Root and crown rot of violets, and most other plants, can occur if their roots are kept too wet. Disease fungi may or may not be present for rot to occur. Leaves of plants with rotted roots and crowns usually turn yellow, mushy, and fall off. It's normal for old leaves to have this same sequence of events, but they will be more numerous on plants with a rot problem.

Growing Geraniums from Seed

Geraniums have been a popular bedding plant for many years. Plants are commonly grown from cuttings. However, geraniums also can be grown from seed. Seed-grown hybrid geraniums possess excellent vigor, heat tolerance, and disease resistance and they are free-blooming.