How to Care for African Violets
Is there anything I can use the beautiful flowers for? A craft or soap coloring perhaps? I've read that they are not edible but they are so cute!
Interesting question, Andrea.
We are not aware of ways to use the flowers of African violets. It would be interesting in soap; we don’t know it is too delicate, but try it!
I have 5 African violets in a long pot. They were growing great for 10 years and now they are growing these big long roots. I am going to put them in their own pots and water them from the bottom. But what do I do with this long root which looks like a vegetable? Can I cut it off? Will that harm it? Thank you.
Hi, Doris. It sounds like your African violet has developed a “neck.” The African Violet Society of America has a step by step guide for how to repot an African violet with a neck. See here: https://africanvioletsocietyofamerica.org/learn/violets-101/repotting-a-violet-with-a-neck/
It depends on how far gone it seems to be. If the stem is fully rotted through, then it’s unlikely that it can recover. However, if only some of the roots have “root rot” due to moisture, you can trim off those bits and repot in fresh soil.
I was given a beautiful Africian Violet plant and it was left in the car overnight, it looks very sad and the leaves are no longer a pretty color.
How can I save this plant?
My plant is almost 50 years old. From the original plant that I received from a friend, two off-shoots have grown in the same pot. It is a bit crowded, but they all seem healthy and bloom almost constantly. I have also started a couple of new plants from the "cut-leaf" system.