How to Grow and Care for African Violets
African Violets are relatively easy to grow. As one of the more popular indoor
houseplants, African Violets are long lasting. Their sometimes shy blooms
are also long lasting, often lasting for several weeks.
The plants like lots of sunshine. Place them in a sunny window, but avoid
hot rays coming in during summer months. And, avoid placing them near frosty
windows in winter months. Provide artificial lighting, if little sunshine
Soil and Fertilizers: Most garden stores carry an African Violet soil
mix and fertilizers, which have been formulated specifically for these plants.
The fertilizers are higher in Phosphorous to help promote blooming. Avoid
overwatering them. Use a planter with openings at the bottom, to allow good
Tip: If you are having problems blooming, check the fertilizer you
are using. Avoid high Nitrogen formulas.
Watering: Always water them from the bottom up, and never let the
leaves get wet. Water the plants every three days, if they need it. They
like their water warm, not cold. If watering from the top, be careful not
to get water on the leaves, as they will spot.
Temperatures: Ideal temperatures for African Violets are 75 degree
days and 60- 70 degree nights.
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