African Violet Care 101: Expert Growing Tips

African Violet Care 101: Expert Growing Tips  : Though it’s a common houseplant, growing one can occasionally be challenging. For African violet maintenance, try these suggestions for fertilizer, repotting, and watering.\

 

African Violet Care 101: Expert Growing Tips 

For some, cultivating African violets is a simple task. Their violets grow well with little additional attention, blooming profusely and regularly producing new, fluffy leaves. Others suffer, failing to produce a flower, lamenting their spotty leaves, and finally tossing their plants in the bin. You don’t require these suggestions if you belong to the first group. Try these troubleshooting solutions for African violet care if you belong to the second category.

 

 

African Violets Not Blooming

Out of my three African violets, only one produces flowers. What can I do to make the other two produce? Peggy Hinds from Kentucky’s Louisville.

 

Expert in horticulture Melinda Myers: While African violets are a well-liked floral gift plant that requires little maintenance, I meet a lot of gardeners who have similar circumstances to yours. We will rule out light, water, humidity, and fertilizer as causes because your plants seem to be getting the same amounts of these.

 

The distinction might be explained if the African violets are different varieties. Certain cultivars provide more fruit and blossom more frequently than others. Relocating recently into a bigger container can also postpone flowering until the roots have an opportunity to fill the container, which promotes flowering. Finally, it’s usually just a single plant reacting to its developing environment; in that instance, you’ll just need to bide your time till the others bloom.

 

 

African Violets Need Bright Indirect Light

African violets are found in eastern African mountain rainforests like Tanzania. They thrive in shade as low-growing plants. Direct sunlight never reaches their leaves in nature. African violets thrive in this atmosphere.

Give bright light, but never direct sun. Protect the plant from direct sunlight with a sheer drape in a sunny window. Your plant may not be getting enough light to blossom. Try multiple settings to obtain the ideal light exposure (strong artificial light works too).

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Watering African Violets

Wild African violets thrive in humidity. Their ideal potting soil is wet but not damp. Fill a shallow dish with stones and place the pot on top if your home is dry. Add water to the dish to add humidity as it evaporates. Water can rot roots, so never let them sit.

Many prefer room-temperature water since cold water might shock the plant. When watering African violets from the top, use a narrow-spout watering can to reach the soil. Water on leaves causes stains. Let the water drain and remove excess. Putting the pot in the sink first is easiest.

 

 

Temperature

Take notice of your home’s climate. African violets detest drafts and abrupt temperature fluctuations, and they require temperatures of at least 60 degrees.

 

 

Repotting and Fertilizer Needs

If you’ve found your plant’s light and watering routine, stick to it! If the plant has outgrown its container, repot it once a year, but roots should be pot-bound to flower. The same for fertilization. Do not overfeed your plant. Follow the instructions on a good African violet fertilizer. Using liquid fertilizers once a month is typical. Other regular maintenance includes gently removing dead leaves and blossoms and watching for indoor plant bugs.

 

Africa Violet Propagation

After successfully cultivating an African violet, it will produce “suckers”. These young plants develop from the main stem and help African violets reproduce. Remove suckers when you see them to keep your plant healthy. You can discard them or repot them to grow more African violets for friends!

 

 

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