How to Grow Beautiful African VioletsThe burst of color from African violet flowers can really brighten up your home and perk up your spirits. Is your thumb more brown than green? Not to worry, African violet care is very easy.
|My African Violet|
Seven Tips for African Violet CareAfrican violets like diffused bright light. I have them in rooms with either a southern or a western exposure. That's not to say that you can't grow them in other sunlight exposures, but these work beautifully for me. I don't put my plants on a window sill. Instead, they sit on tables placed near windows, but not directly on the sill.
African violets prefer stable temperatures from 65 to 75 degrees F and the nighttime temperature on a windowsill may be too cool for them.
Water from below. My African violets are planted in pots that encourage watering from below. The pots I prefer most come in two parts having an outside ceramic pot with an unglazed pottery insert. This allows for water placed in the base of the glazed outside bowl to be slowly absorbed through the unglazed pot holding the plant and the soil. I purchased the pot you see below a couple of years ago at my local Home Depot. It works beautifully. You can see how big and healthy my African violet is. Watering becomes a no-brainer activity with pots like these. Every couple of weeks I check to see if all the water has been absorbed and if it has, I'll add more to the glazed pot.
|The Perfect African Violet Pot|
Fertilize occasionally. There is special African violet fertilizer available as well, but I don't bother with it. Three or four times a year, I give all of my houseplants a good watering with Miracle Grow 10-10-10 water-soluble fertilizer. The African violets get a dose at that time. That's it.
Groom as needed. My African violets require occasional grooming. When the blooms fade and dry out, as you see in the picture below, I'll pull them off.
|Faded Blooms Needing Removal|
Some of the leaves around the base of the plant will wilt and droop. Those should be pulled out and discarded.
|Droopy Leaves Need to Be removed|
|African Violet Needs Re-potting|
Re-pot when needed. Once a year I assess whether my plants need re-potting. The African violet in the pot above is in definite need of re-potting. It looks like it has had little baby African violets. I'll need to pull it out of the pot get the full picture. All I need is a bag of African violet soil and a new pot to get started. I am ready to go.
|Re-Potting Requires New Soil and a Pot|
|Root Bound African Violet|
Next, I looked at the base of the plant and saw the main plant and two additional plants, one just a tiny baby plant.
|Baby African Violets|
One for me, one to gift and one to grow! You can't beat that with a stick!
African violets for your home...a simple, yet beautiful thing. Follow these simple steps for growing and caring for African violets and you will be rewarded with colorful indoor blooms.
Resources for African Violet CareTwo Piece Self-Watering Pots:
6-1/2" Eggshell Colored Glazed Pot
6" Round Glazed Pot
6" Hexagon Shaped Pot
African Violet Soil
8 Quart Bag
4 Quart Organic Soil
Miracle Grow 8 Quart Bag
African Violet Fertilizer
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