Quassia: Organic pesticide sometimes recommended for controlling Aphids, Caterpillars and Whiteflies. Reputed to be non-toxic to humans and safe for African Violets. A Quassia spray is mixed from crushed Quassia bark (available in many natural food stores) and boiling water (about 1/4 cup of bark to 1 quart of water). After being allowed to cool, the mixture is strained, leaving the liquid ready to spray.
Quick-Release: Describes a fertilizer in which all elements are immediately available to the plant. Contrast with Slow-Release. Also see Constant Feed.
Quick Step: Optimara variety belonging to the Little Dancer series. Compact African Violet (3-inch pot size) with double, bi-color flowers and dark green leaves. Introduced 1999. More information.
Quilted: Leaf type. Describes an African Violet leaf on which the areas between the veins are raised, giving the leaf a puffy, distinctively quilted look. A otherwise plain leaf, with only slightly raised areas between the veins, is called a tailored leaf.
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