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I have 5 violet plants that  were bought at the local store several years ago by family members , and they have started producing deformed leaves , Some of them are bunching up in groups and some are lengthening out into long stemmed leaves .  I have already lost 3 or 4 others to drying up even though i have properly watered them . Thank goodness my older violets have not started this. But what is it and how do I help them ?

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Carrie,
Since I can't actually see your plants it is difficult to diagnose. I am sending you a website address to go to. It is very possible that they could have cyclemen mites. These cause deformed leaves, particularly near the crown. Cyclemens are a type of arachnid, and do real damage to plants. Please go to the website below, and see if this describes and looks like what your plants have. I wish you luck.
Click or go here:  http://www.optimara.com/doctoroptimara/diagnosis/cyclamenmites.html

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PLEASE LIMIT QUESTIONS TO AFRICAN VIOLETS. I will accept any question or problem relating to African Violets and their care. If I do not know the answer, I will research it for you. PLEASE NOTE: I DO NOT ANSWER QUESTIONS FROM FRIDAY NIGHT THROUGH SAT NIGHT AS THIS IS THE JEWISH SABBATH.

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I learned about African Violets at the knee of my grandmother, who was born in 1895. I have been raising violets for nearly 30 years, and have helped friends and relatives with growing as well

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At the knee of my grandmother.

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