African Violets For Days
Have you been searching for a house plant that will give you flowers throughout the year, that will not outgrow its bounds, and that will grow happily in the same temperature and humidity ranges that you, too, prefer? Then you ought to consider growing African violets in your home.
Not only do African violets satisfy the foregoing requirements, but they are also available in a great variety of colours, foliage types, and styles of flowers so that there is always something new to keep your interest and enthusiasm going. Along with all these advantages, they are inexpensive - and so easy to propagate that in no time at all, you can grow enough new plants to more than satisfy your own needs and those of friends as well.
Coming close to being an all purpose decorating item, you tend to find them in mass displays. Unlike many other house plants that eventually may outgrow their allotted spaces, African violets will remain a predictable size and can be easily moved to any suitable location in the home.
Bringing African violets into flower does not depend on secret knowledge or the proverbial “green thumb.” It involves an understanding of the basic and simple needs.
Give them Light!
All plants must have light to survive, and African violets are no exception. Though they will grow on a southern window, there they will probably have only leaves and no bloom. Generally, African violets need all the light they can get throughout the year except in summer when full sun may be too intense.
It’s easy to tell when plants have to much sun: Foliage turns yellow and lead edges burn. Too little light produces lovely dark green foliage but few, if any, flowers.
Hot Tip! Turn plants a complete 360 degrees every month so that all leaves will receive equal shares of light.
In the home, African violets will be comfortable if you are. A daytime temperature of 23 degrees is fine, with night temperature staying about 14 degrees as extreme cold will damage plants.
Along with comfortable temperatures, African violets need a well-ventilated growing area. The stagnant air of a closed room only invites poor health and performance.
The best solution is to provide indirect ventilation, an open window in the adjoining room or away from direct drafts.
Use water which is approximately at room temperature and bottom water. Bottom watering - putting water in the saucer and letting the soil in the pot soak it up by capillary action, it easy and it avoids the possibility of getting water into a plants crown.
Make sure not to wet the leaves of the African violet, if you do decide to water from above the plant may respond by developing leaf spot.