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Although Her Birth Flower Is The Violet, Shakira Is No Shrinking Violet

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Sexy songstress Shakira was born February 9, 1977, during the 
month of the violet. But, if you're at all familiar with her 
hip shaking moves, you know she's no shrinking violet.

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Distribution Date and Time: Thu Apr  6 02:41:27 EDT 2006

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Although Her Birth Flower Is The Violet, Shakira Is No Shrinking Violet
Copyright © 2006 Wesley Berry
Wesley Berry Flowers

Sexy songstress Shakira was born February 9, 1977, during the 
month of the violet. But, if you're at all familiar with her 
hip shaking moves, you know she's no shrinking violet. However, 
she certainly has one thing in common with the violet - her 
popularity. The African violet has long been one of the most 
popular flowering potted plants.

The African violet is known for its soft, fuzzy leaves that 
are shaped like hearts. The leaves may have smooth, ruffled, 
or serrated edges and are light green or red-violet on the 
underside. Some of them even have variegated leaves. While most 
people recognize them for their unique leaves, they also grow 
beautiful flowers in deep purple, lavendar, pink, yellow, white, 
red, and bicolors.

Although very popular, the African violet also has a reputation 
for being a finicky plant that's difficult to keep. They do, 
indeed, have special care requirements, but none of them is 
really that hard to follow. To keep your African violet healthy, 
follow these easy rules:

* Place your plant in an area that receives 14 to 16 hours of 
bright light each day. This can be artificial light or sunlight, 
but should never be direct sunlight. If you're using a 
fluorescent light, be sure to keep it at least ten inches from 
the top of the plant. Yellow leaves are an indication that your 
plant isn't getting enough light.

* Water the plants often enough to keep the soil moist, but not 
wet. In general, you should avoid getting the leaves wet. But, 
should the leaves get wet or need a gentle washing to remove 
dust, place the plant out of the light until it is completely 
dry. Don't use water that has been filtered through a water 
softener or that has a great deal of chlorine in it. Instead, 
purchase spring water from the store or leave tap water out 
overnight before watering. Use room temperature water.

* Remove leaves as they become yellow or brown. Blooms should 
also be clipped off when they begin to brown around the edges.

* Grow violets in small pots. A 4-inch pot is usually sufficient. 
Make sure you place the pot away from drafts. Plastic pots are 
usually best as the violet's leaves may actually begin to react 
to clay pots after a time.

African violets make an excellent gift. They're a lovely plant 
that most people appreciate receiving, but if you're making a 
gift to an inexperienced violet grower, make sure you include 
a bit of information about their care. Your florist may have 
a booklet or care card to provide the information. If not, you 
could include a small hand-written or typed note to let the 
recipient know how they can keep their new plant happy.

Wesley Berry is the President of Wesley Berry Flowers, 
a successful multi-million dollar business that was 
established in 1946. He is also the Headmaster of the 
Professional Florists' Institute, a floral design school 
located in Michigan. Visit Wesley Berry Flowers on the 
web at



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