Types of African Violets

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Little mini's and chimera are two types of African violets. Learn how to identify little mini's and chimera African violets in this free gardening video about caring for African violets.

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These are African Violets. We have three varieties here for you to take a look at today. The first one is your normal African Violet that you can find in most retail establishments. These are the little mini's. They grow no longer, no larger than six to eight inches across. This is called a Kamarin. You'll notice it's pinwheel ruffled flower, its variegated leaf and it's ruffled leaf. Now not all Kamarins have ruffled leaf or a variegated leaf. This one here as you can see, is a Karamin that has only a beautiful green leaf but a very deeply ruffled flower. Now the definition of a Kamarin is any organism or tissue that has more than two different kinds of cells. Why that is important, is that when it comes to propagation. If you propagate this African Violet let's say by the leaf. The tissue resulting and the child or the plant coming from the parent plant will be identical. It has one cell. The Kamarin which has two cells will not produce identical plant to the parent unless you propagate it through either a crown cutting or through suckers.


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