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African Violet Care Guide

African Violets are a popular indoor plant known for their beautiful, delicate flowers and soft, fuzzy leaves. While these plants are native to Tanzania and other parts of East Africa, they can thrive in the right conditions.

These plants are relatively low maintenance which makes them a great option for beginners.

6 Tips for African Violet Care (especially #1)

Indoor plants, like African Violets, can brighten up any room, but keeping them healthy and strong requires attention to their specific needs. By following these simple tips and giving your African Violet the care it needs, you can enjoy its delicate blooms and fuzzy leaves for years to come

Don't Over Water

African Violets need to be watered carefully; they prefer moist soil but don't like to be overwatered and they prefer to be watered from the bottom. To do this, simply place the pot in a saucer of water for about 30 minutes or until the soil is moist. Avoid getting water on the leaves, as this can cause spots or rot. Also, make sure not to overwater, as this can also cause root rot. Make sure to drain any excess water from the dish. African Violets are sensitive to chemicals in tap water, so it's best to use distilled or filtered water if possible. For more information about watering practices, make sure to check out our Water Wednesday videos on our Facebook page!

Well Draining Soil

African Violets prefer a well-draining, slightly acidic soil mix. You can buy African Violet soil mix or make your own by mixing equal parts peat moss, perlite, and vermiculite. If you have any concerns about your plant's soil, stop in or call us for help.

Bright but Indirect

Your African Violet will want bright, indirect light so avoid placing them in direct sunlight as it can burn their leaves causing them to discolor. A north or east-facing window is usually the best spot for them in your home. But don’t worry, if your plant isn't getting enough light, the leaves may become pale or yellow, which will let you know they need more light.

Humidity

These plants thrive in high humidity. You can increase humidity by placing a tray of water near the plant, by using a humidifier, or consider placing them next to the window in your bathroom. Showers and baths put out a lot of humidity that your plant will love.

Temperature

These plants prefer temperatures between 60-75°F so take care not to put them near cold drafts or air conditioning vents.

Repotting

You should plan to repot your African violet every 6-12 months, or when the roots start to outgrow the pot. Use a pot that's only slightly larger than the current one, and make sure to use fresh soil. If you don’t have a pot, stop in the store and we can recommend a number of lovely pots that will suit your decor.

More African Violet Facts and Tips

African Violets can bloom year-round if they receive enough light. To encourage blooming, fertilize your plant with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer once a month during the growing season.

Your African violet is prone to pests like spider mites and mealybugs, and diseases like crown rot and leaf spot. To prevent these problems, make sure to keep the plant clean and well-ventilated, avoid getting water on the leaves, and inspect the plant regularly for signs of pests or disease.

Where to purchase?

Transform your home into a lush oasis with our extensive selection of indoor plants. We offer plants of all sizes and shapes, so you’re sure to find the perfect addition to your space. Feel free to stop in our store or shop online for the perfect addition to your home.