African Violets

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Botanical name: Saintpaulia

Plant type: Houseplant

Sun exposure: Part Sun

Flower color: Pink, Purple, White

African Violets are small, easy to grow houseplants with clusters are small flowers over fuzzy leaves. They will bloom with lower light, though medium to bright indirect light is best.

Planting

You can use an actual African Violet potting mix or an all-purpose potting soil.  Keep them planted in small pots and re-pot once a year to allow fresh soil.

Care

  • Keep the soil lightly moist every day and avoid getting the leaves wet. 
  • Fertilize every 2 weeks with a high phosphorous plant food.
  • Many varieties prefer warm conditions (65 degrees F or warmer) though some varieties can grow in cooler conditions

Pests

Cyclamen mites can occur.  They are very hard to remove so dispose of plant and and isolate other plants that may have been surrounding the African Violet.

Wit & Wisdom

Water African violets from the bottom, and try avoid getting any water on the leaves. Dust the leaves with a small, soft brush.

Comments

my flowers on my white

By s norman on July 13

my flowers on my white African violet keep going brown the plant is on the window sill what is the problem?

If your African Violet

By Almanac Staff on July 15

If your African Violet flowers turn brown, it's possible that your plant has Botrytis blight which is caused by a fungus from too much humidity and poor air circulation. Isolate the infected plant
and remove the diseased leaves and blooms. Increase air circulation by spacing plants at least 1 foot apart. You can also apply a fungicide. We would suggesting taking a sample to your local cooperative extension or garden nursery.

Nice flowers

By bradbaraka

Nice flowers

Today I refreshed my violets

By hancockk

Today I refreshed my violets by changing the soil. You know no one has ever mentioned the fact that if the leaves are a bit wilty it is time to water deeply. I thought they were dying until I read on the back of the Miracle Gro African Violet soil bag that if the leaves wilt, it is time to water, water, water and drain, drain. I have read many articles on Violets and nothing has ever been mentioned about leaves wilting. Glad I read the back of Miracle Gro bag.

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