How to Care for African Violets in Winter
I have two plants in one pot that seem to be growing up, against each other - I am afraid if I try to separate them, I will kill them both. Any suggestions would be so helpful.
My violets have done beautifully since I received them in 2014 but recently have been struggling - not flowering and losing leaves. They seemed to begin to recreate themselves with almost replacing all the large leaves with new growth then began to lose all of them. Much of their 'stem' was exposed from growing and losing leaves so I added soil to the base. This was when the new growth then the subsequent leaf loss took place. One plant is doing ok, the other is fading. Any help? I have only periodically fertilized and they do drain and don't sit in water. I water once a week to two weeks and they have south east sun where they've always been content.
My sister has 2 plants that were our fathers as near as we can guess they are 40 years or more old We have had them for 25 yrs. How long can they live.
I'm glad you asked that because I have some leaners too. If you haven't repotted your violet in the last 6 months it probably needs to be repotted. As the lower leaves die off, the trunk of the plant, called the neck, needs to be buried up to the bottom leaves. Since it is recommended that we keep the violets in the same size pot this means having to slice off some of the bottom of the root ball so you can replant it at the proper depth without putting it in a larger pot. The pot should only be 1 inch larger than the root ball. If your plant has a really long neck, doing this will remove most of the existing rootball so it is recommended that you just cut off the top of the plant with about an inch or two of the neck and repot that in fresh soil. Put the whole thing into a plastic bag to keep it from wilting while it forms new roots and voila in a few weeks you will have a new, centered plant. Keep turning it to keep it growing evenly on all sides and repot again in 6 months. It won't need total rejuvenation then, just slice off the bottom inch or so and repot in fresh soil, covering the neck up to the bottom leaves.