Caring For Your New African Violet

  • February 8, 2012

violet resizedAs one of the most popular flowering houseplants, the African Violet is also very easy to care for.

Light:  Moderate to bright, indirect, indoor light is ideal.  Some direct sunlight is ok…just make sure your violet does not get too much direct light during midday, when the sun is at its strongest.

Water:  Keep soil moist (but not soggy) to dry, and allow soil around the roots to dry out before watering to encourage blooming.  Water from the bottom by placing the plastic grower’s pot in water and allow the plant to absorb the water (not more than 30 minutes).  Use chlorine-free, room temperature water (bottled spring water is ideal).  Avoid getting water on the leaves as this can cause spotting damage.

Food:  For best results, use a water soluble fertilizer for blooming plants and follow the manufacturer’s directions.

Tips:  Pinch off spent blossoms and blossom stems to encourage development of new blooms.  Place plants away from floor vents, fans, and entrance doors to avoid air drafts and bursts of cold air.

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