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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.


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.


  • 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


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.


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I want to grow African violet

By Office plant grower

I want to grow African violet on my desk at work. There are no windows. what type/watt light work best?

African violets grow well

By Almanac Staff

African violets grow well under artificial light, such as in an office. Try it out!

My African violets were great

By Nancy Monroe Clifford

My African violets were great when I received them as a gift, but now there are no flowers and lots of big leaves. I had them in the right light and used African violet plant food. Can I cut away the large older leaves to encourage new flower growth? I have a feeling the plant food is now just making the older leaves bigger!

Try watering from

By ddribeyre@gmail.com

Try watering from bottom!
Mine hadn't bloomed for 2 years watered from bottom and bam beautiful purple blooms

If you are using African

By Almanac Staff

If you are using African Violet plant food, that's a good thing; it's fertilizer that's high nitrogen content which causes leaf growth at the expense of blooms. If you have old leaves, it's OK to remove them.

The usual reason African Violets do not bloom is lack of light. They could do with 12 hours of bright light! You say your plant is getting plenty of light, however, fall is approaching and the daylight hours are lessening. If you really wanted blooms in fall/winter, you could consider inexpensive “cool white” fluorescent lights. Here are more reasons for lack of blooms:


my flowers on my white

By s norman

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

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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