Violets are indoor plants that have become very popular for a long time. And flower growers really constantly acquire Saintpaulias, strive to expand the varietal line and make the plantings brighter and more colorful. Violets are ideal for decorating window sills and balconies, terraces and loggias, any premises (living rooms, bedrooms, offices, offices) with their help. If the room or room where the violet grows is bright enough, then containers with Saintpaulias can be placed in the summer and on interior items, furniture, as well as install containers very deep in the apartment - enough sunlight will still reach them, and plants feel attractive enough. The plant that this article talks about is the bullfighting violet.
Of course, violets are not just beautiful flowers: they are a variety of varieties and species, shades and colors, flower shapes and deciduous parts. This diversity was achieved due to the fact that breeders realized that flowers were becoming very popular, and therefore they constantly sought to expand the varietal lines.
As a result, now any grower can find those varieties and shapes of violets, their colors that will satisfy the needs of literally every grower, even the most sophisticated. In addition, it is very easy to care for violets, because it is enough to comply with some requirements and nuances in agricultural technology and care, and this will be enough for the plant itself to demonstrate beautiful colorful flowering in return.
In this article, we will tell you in more detail about the violet, which has a very unusual name - Fight of the Bulls. Violet of the Bullfight variety is distinguished by the blood-red color of the petals. Perhaps due to the association with bullfighting, Spanish bullfighting, this variety received such an unusual name.
The article and all the information contained in it will be very interesting not only for novice growers, but also for those who already have experience in growing violets, but growers always strive to try something new in order to refresh their plantings and the appearance of the interior, where actually and containers with violets are located.
Violet Bullfight: description of the variety and characteristics
Variety of violets Boy Bykov was bred by the domestic breeder E. Korshunova. The rosette has a standard shape and is painted in a bright green shade. Breeders and gardeners, flower growers characterize the rosette as an exhibition rosette, as it looks incredibly attractive and decorative.
This is an especially large-flowered variety, the flower size sometimes reaches eight centimeters, and against the background of small-flowered varieties of the Fight of the Bulls violet looks incredibly advantageous and profitable. The flowers are semi-double or double, fluffy, the flowering is lush, and in the overall composition it can be said that this flower, in terms of its external characteristics, is one of the best among many other varieties and species of plants from the genus Saintpaulia.
The violet flower of the Bullfight variety is formed in the shape of a star, the flowers themselves are painted in a blood-red hue, have notches. They look elegant and decorative. Such violets look great both as single plantings and as part of flower arrangements, creating interesting bright accents inside them, as if diluting the overall picture.
Of course, the size and relative unpretentiousness of the flower, its special color - all this attracts flower growers very much, so in a relatively short period of time this plant has gained immense popularity and love from flower growers in different parts of the world, going far beyond the borders of Russia.
Of course, a very large number of varieties have been bred in the world, each variety is beautiful in its own way, but the Boy Bykov violet remains exactly the variety that always attracts attention. The plant is very bright, and is one of the best selling among all Saintpaulias.
The history of the origin of the variety
In this article, it is very important to touch upon the history of the violet variety Bullfight in order to understand its specifics and some aspects and subtleties that must be studied at least out of respect for this wonderful plant.
Violet Bullfight was bred by the Togliatti breeder Elena Korshunova, who for a very long time strove to develop a variety that would not only be unpretentious, but also very bright, surpassing many other plantings in its beauty. It is in honor of Elena Korshunova that it is customary to add her initials to the name, and the name EK-Bullfight is obtained.
The author of the violet variety Bullfight himself described her planting as a plant with huge flowers that have a semi-double structure.
Characteristics of the variety
Violet bullfight: photo variety
The flowers are painted in a dark blood-red hue, in shape they most of all resemble giant stars, which cannot but attract attention. I immediately want to consider, study and recognize these flowers, I want to grow them on my windowsill and share this beauty with literally everyone.
The variegated leaf is called exhibition, as it looks very elegant and solemn. The center of the rosette has a whitish lemon color. At the same time, huge red flowers are located on the lemon foliage, which makes the plant even more attractive and beautiful.
Of course, the play of contrasts immediately catches the eye, and therefore today Bullfight is considered one of the most beloved and demanded varieties that can be found on the windowsills of many rooms, both home and office.
The leaves are collected during growth into a very strong and dense rosette, while the rosette itself is quite large in size. With proper care of the plant, the diameter of the rosette can be up to thirty centimeters, which, of course, makes this plant very different from many other violets.
Florists are accustomed to seeing solemn miniature flowers that cover the green foliage, and the violets themselves look pretty cute and small. But this variety is large, and even due to its size, it does not lose its decorative effect and elegance.
The leaf plates are colored light green. The emerald color of this variety stands out from many other plantings, making it noticed. The petioles of the plant are long, the edge of the leaves is slightly wavy. At the same time, such waviness is not particularly pronounced, but it can still be noticed if you look closely, and especially if you compare this violet variety with many others.
As we have already said, the flowers of the violet are bright - they are painted in a dark red color, very large in size. When the bud is fully blooming, you will notice that it is literally clogged with very large petals, the edges of which are wavy. Therefore, this variety is called double and semi-double - because it is expressed both in the leafy part and in the shape of the petals themselves.
Due to the waviness, the flowers seem even more lush, whipped, this is all complemented by decorative plantings, and of course in such a dark red, burgundy-bloody color, the inflorescences look just great.
Depending on how much the plant is illuminated, it can also change its color a little, and this should be taken into account by flower growers:
- if the lighting is very bright, then the flowers also become a bright scarlet hue;
- if there is a shaded place in which this variety grows, then the color may darken to ruby.
Often the flower growers themselves experiment, change the color on their own in order to see how the plant will react to this, and how the flower will be colored. Sometimes some of the plantings are grown in bright light, and some are placed in partial shade. Thus, there is a feeling that not one variety is growing, but several at once.
But, again, one should be very careful with such experiments, since the plant cannot always react calmly to such changes. Withering will begin, loss of attractiveness and decorativeness. Over time, the plant will begin to get sick, which will also indicate that it needs stable lighting, and it is worthwhile to stop trying any changes for a while.
Regardless of the amount of flowers formed on the bush, they do not become smaller, and grow quietly to a diameter of eight centimeters. But sometimes it costs periodically pinch some cuttings so that the flowering retains its decorative effect, since older plants may not cope with a large number of buds, the flowering will become smaller and not so bright.
At this point, the florist himself should choose, and also should be guided in what he wants to see in his plantings, and how he can take care of them in order to get the desired result. It is also worth talking a little about the features and differences of this variety of violets from many others, which today are also successfully cultivated in indoor floriculture.
These flowers are the largest among all the other varieties and varieties of violets. They bloom with dense and very large, bright flowers, which are painted in different shades of red - from bright scarlet to deep burgundy, blood red - it all depends on the level of lighting, as well as on agricultural technology and flower care.
The flower diameter is stable and reaches eight centimeters. A distinctive feature of this variety of violets is that this small bush blooms constantly. At first, it can dissolve three buds on two peduncles, then new peduncles grow, which also bloom after the previous one has completed. The flowering itself is very long, large flowers are literally continuously formed on the outlet. The bush itself looks like a hat, which is strewn with large flowers.
Of course, the violet bullfight becomes a very bright and attractive accent that many people pay attention to.
But in order to achieve such an excellent result, the grower should take care of the care of the plants. Agrotechnology is a very important component, and all the activities that are included in it are vital for violets.
But at the same time, sometimes the plant can forgive some mistakes to the grower. In cultivation, this gorgeous bush can also succumb even to those growers who initially do not have such colossal experience in floriculture, especially in indoor floriculture.
In the next part of this article, we will talk about the basic conditions for growing this variety, as well as what should be done in order for the planting to be very bright, decorative and demonstrate this constantly, for as long as possible. Only with these conditions in mind will the grower be pleasantly surprised with the result.
Features of growing violets Bullfight
Violet bullfight: photo variety
In order for the bullfighting violet to develop correctly and well, it is imperative to take into account the characteristics of the variety, as well as what wishes the violet itself has in relation to its cultivation.
That is, it largely depends on the grower whether the plant care requirements will be met. Or the grower will periodically skip some important components, which, as a result, will lead to a weakening of the variety and to the fact that it will lose some of its features and characteristics.
We list some of the care requirements that the grower must comply with for the well-being of the Bullfight variety:
- for violets, it is recommended to choose a not very high container, while it should be wide, but its volume should not be more than one liter.Otherwise, the plant will tend to entangle the entire large volume of soil mixture with its root system, and at the same time, the violet will not have the strength to further build up the green leaf mass, not to mention the fact that it will not be able to bloom normally. After all, all forces will be thrown precisely to feed the root part;
- Violets are transplanted annually in the spring. At the same time, the florist must very carefully examine the root system of the plant, change the soil, remove damaged or decayed parts so that they do not become an impetus for the development of bacteria and infections in the future. But at the same time, the transplant should be done very carefully, since most of the damage is sometimes inflicted precisely when the florist himself carries out mechanical movements in relation to planting;
- in the place where the bullfighting violet is located all the time, there should be no sudden gusts of wind and drafts, since this has an extremely negative effect on the landing. Gradually, the plant weakens, the immunity can no longer fight against disorders or diseases, and the flower dies over time;
- the air temperature should be between 18 and 25 degrees. These limits will be most favorable for the growth and development of violets, as well as for their bright and full bloom. If the temperature drops below a predetermined limit or rises above, then the florist should definitely take some measures in order to prevent the death of the plant, and to return a favorable climate in which violets will feel best.
It is important to adhere to all the given recommendations, and only in this case, the rosettes of violets will delight to the maximum with their flowering throughout the year. Sometimes flower growers make mistakes, but still, even in this case, in general, the bullfight violet forgives some mistakes, the plant does not fade rapidly. Therefore, the variety is really worthy of attention and that the grower grows Bullfight on his windowsill or loggia.
Violet bullfighting - plant reproduction
You can propagate a violet of a given variety in several different ways:
- using child sockets;
- sheet method;
- using seed.
It is worth immediately focusing on the fact that seeds violets are propagated only by experienced breeders and flower growers who have been doing this throughout their lives and do it professionally.
It is practically inaccessible to flower lovers. This is a difficult method, not all seeds survive, and not all germinate. In addition, this process is very laborious and energy-consuming, so you should still give this prerogative to an experienced florist, because we have two more methods that are also perfect for propagating plantings.
In order to receive daughter sockets, it is worth cutting off the old violet and root it. But at the same time, it is best not to remove the stump that remains after the cut. It is on the remaining hemp that daughter outlets appear over time, which the florist can then take for further re-rooting.
Re-rooting of daughter outlets is carried out in separate, pre-prepared containers, which should be very small in size. thus, the florist receives wonderful planting materials, which at the same time retain the features of the mother bush. This is very important, because during reproduction, sometimes the bushes lose their features, it seems that there was one variety, but a completely different one multiplied. And this loss has a very bad effect on the grower, who from the very beginning focuses on preserving the most significant traits.
The second method, which is available not only for professionals, but also for lovers of flower cultures, is leaf propagation... In general, this method is one of the most standard.The main thing is to observe some nuances and subtleties in planting and reproduction, as well as in rooting, and the rest of the bush will develop favorably, and the maternal traits and properties will remain in the new plant.
The propagation algorithm using a sheet is as follows:
- the sheet is neatly cut from the mother's outlet;
- then the leaf is immersed in the ground to a depth of no more than two centimeters, it is slightly squeezed with the help of the earth so that the leaf adheres well to the soil;
- it is recommended to cover the sheet with a cap - a glass or plastic container, and also water it if the soil mixture suddenly becomes a little dry. It is also worth very carefully monitoring the lighting precisely during the reproduction of plantings, and also take into account that the soil should be constantly slightly moistened, but the site should not be swamped. Otherwise, the root system will begin to rot very actively, and, accordingly, as a result, the violet will simply die, without having time to develop normally, and even more so to bloom.
Violet bullfight: photo variety
It is very important to water in a timely manner, as well as to choose the right habitat where the violets can feel the best.
Of course, this is very important to consider in order for the plant to receive enough care:
- Saintpaulias already in May cannot tolerate normal direct sunlight, and due to direct sunlight, the leaves and stems can simply burn out. So violets need to be shaded in the best way. Sunlight must be diffused so that the landing is safe, and so that burns do not provoke the development of dangerous diseases. In general, lighting should be treated very carefully;
- the soil between waterings should dry out, but he should do this by about one third of the total capacity. This is required so that the soil does not become waterlogged, and so that the root system feels as comfortable as possible. Due to waterlogging, the planting may also begin to suffer from certain diseases - rot (gray, brown), powdery mildew, fusarium, late blight;
- fertilizers for violets should be specialized, since saintpaulias are demanding on various preparations, trace elements, nutrients. There are some types of dressings specifically for Saintpaulias. And also it is worth feeding with mineral mixtures in order to saturate the plantings, strengthen them, increase immunity and stress resistance.
If the florist observes all the planting and care requirements of the plant, then, in general, violets are not affected by pests and diseases. But if the florist does not completely comply with agricultural techniques and caring measures, then the plants will certainly suffer from a lack of watering, lighting, nutrients, and as a result, if this is not noticed in time, this will lead to the gradual death of the plantings.
This variety stands out from all other plant varieties. This is an indoor and cozy planting that produces incredibly large, star-shaped flowers, painted in a bloody color.
It is worth remembering what exactly from lighting the place where the planting grows will depend on the level of color saturation of the flowers. But in general, the shades can be the most incredible, and the plant certainly deserves attention from flower growers. If the light is very bright, then the violets become very bright, scarlet.
And if the weather is cloudy, and the flower is usually in a shaded place, then the flowers can be painted in a ruby or brown shade. A distinctive feature of the variety, as we have already said, is that it blooms all year round. But this is carried out only on the condition that the gardener himself is able to organize all the technically correct conditions, and the plant will feel in the best possible way.
Violet bullfight: photo variety
In principle, we are talking about universal lighting, but the florist himself can sometimes experiment, try to expose plants to more or less illuminated areas - everything will depend only on his intentions and desires, which also relate to lighting. We would like to warn you right away that experiments with changing lighting do not always go unnoticed for planting - because of this, some flowers may fall off over time, the duration of flowering may be reduced.
So you should be as attentive as possible to the state of the flower, take into account its characteristics and needs and not bring to the point that the plant will eventually feel some kind of discomfort.
Violet bullfight is a rather whimsical and capricious plant, although it can sometimes forgive some mistakes and flaws of flower growers, especially those who do not have so much experience in this matter. Most of the growers who grow this variety emphasize that the plant does not always give a stable flowering, and the terry also appears not at the first, but rather manifests itself at the third flowering.
Although sometimes there were such cases when the rosette from the very first time gave a full-fledged double flower, which in its color resembled the original variety. But here again - it's all a matter of the exclusivity of the case, because sometimes flower growers are lucky, and sometimes a plant can experience stress during transplantation, and it takes much more time for it to take root, adapt to new conditions and finally demonstrate all the attractiveness of flowering.
This variety has one more not the most pleasant feature. It consists in the fact that the leaves in the bottom row tend to dry out and turn yellow, which affects the decorative characteristics of the planting. Often, the leaf blades, which are located at the very bottom of the outlet, can turn yellow, followed by a logical stage - the dying off of the leaf. This is due to the fact that it is only a feature of the variety.
Here, not to influence in any way neither watering, nor transplanting, nor feeding - this is a natural process for a plant, so you should just take this into account. If suddenly yellowing occurs, you can remove the damaged leaves. This also does not mean that the plant is sick with something or pests attacked it: nature is nature, and there are no effective remedies against it.
It is recommended to keep Saintpaulia of this variety under artificial lighting, and you can also plant it on window sills and windows that have a north, northwest or northeast orientation. This is important, since only on windows with this orientation will the plant feel most comfortable, will not encounter any difficulties, and dangerous diseases will not begin to progress.
Violet bullfight does not tolerate direct sunlight - they cause burns and also cause the development of diseases. Burns not only affect the external characteristics of the plantings, but also to a particular extent can affect the immunity of the plantings - it weakens, it becomes very difficult for the plant to fight fungi and viruses, with attacks from pests.
For twelve to fifteen hours a day, the plant needs high-quality and continuous lighting, which will exclude direct sunlight, but at the same time the light will be diffused, most suitable for planting.
Lack of sunlight can lead to negative consequences, but a florist can avoid this - just use some tricks in artificial lighting - phytolamps and fluorescent bulbs are great for supplementary lighting of plantings, providing them with the necessary light.
Plants in gratitude open up even more, and this cannot but rejoice the sophisticated grower who needs the aesthetic beauty of flowers.If a florist places a violet of this variety on the window, then it must be turned over to the window in other parts about once every two or three days. The planting always stretches towards the light, and if the container is not turned, then this can lead to the fact that the plant on one side will stretch out, and on the shady side it will remain very small and modest.
Violet bullfight: photo variety
Due to the fact that the florist will turn the container with the pot, the rosette will be symmetrical and neat. As we can see, in many respects the well-being of plantings really depends on the grower himself, so he should not save time on taking care of the plants.
Violet bullfight does not tolerate sharp gusts of winds, drafts, so you should not put containers with plants nearby with balconies or windows that are constantly open and let in gusts of not the warmest air into the room.
Level humidity maintained at fifty to sixty percent. It is impossible for the humidity to fall below or rise above the prescribed level, since this makes it highly likely that the plant will begin to experience inconvenience, diseases and infections will begin to develop.
Ultimately, it is better to establish a favorable microclimate for planting than to then deal with the consequences of your indifference and inattention. If you comply with all these requirements, then even a florist whose luggage of experience and knowledge is not so great can cope with such caring procedures, but he wants to learn, wants to achieve excellent results in order to get healthy, strong and very decorative plantings.
It is recommended to place several containers with water next to the bullfight violet so that the air humidity is always at a high, normalized level.
Again, you can not spray the violets of the Fight of Bulls variety from a spray bottle, since the accumulation of moisture on the leaves, stems and in the outlet will become a favorable environment for the development of pathogenic bacteria. In general, if the plant needs this, then periodically it can be arranged water procedures, completely washing the violetBullfight in warm water from the shower. Then the leaves and all parts of the bullfight violet must be wiped dry, and only after that the plant should be sent to its usual place - on the windowsill.