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6 Tips for Caring for Your African Violets

African violets are gorgeous houseplants to add to your coffee table. Their beautiful flowers are perfect for indoors as they bloom several times throughout the year. Different varieties of African violets have different shapes of leaves, flowers, and colors which is why you must have these plants at your home. 

African violets have a reputation for being easy-to-grow houseplants provided you meet their basic requirements. So, here are some reliable tips to keep these pretty indoor plants healthy and flourishing. 

Tip 1: Find The Right Location 

African Violets with a puppy and a kitten
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African violets generally need 12 to 14 hours of light daily. Keep them in bright, indirect light. They should never be placed in direct sunlight as it can burn their leaves. Choose north, northwest, or northeast-facing windows as they do not receive direct sunlight and can be the ideal place to let African violets bloom.

If you do not want to place them near a window, you can use fluorescent or LED grow lights to compensate for the indirect sunlight. The distance between the lights and the flowers of the African violets should be around 6 inches. This way, you can place them on a coffee table, side table, or even your nightstand. 

Tip 2: Set The Ideal Temperature

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African violets thrive in moderate temperatures of around 60 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit with a humidity of up to 80 percent. They do not take well to temperature or humidity fluctuations. 

The best way to boost humidity for your African violet is by using a pebble tray. Be sure to never mist the plant, as the water droplets can cause permanent leaf spotting.

Tip 3: Watering African Violets

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How you water the African violets plays a big role in their flourishing. Firstly, always use distilled, room-temperature water while watering. You can also use rainwater or reverse osmosis water. 

Secondly, if you are watering from the top, ensure no water goes over its delicate foliage. Use a watering can with a narrow spout. If some water goes on the leaves by chance, use a small brush or shake the plant to get water off the leaves. 

Lastly, it is recommended that you water the plant from the bottom. In that case, you can keep it in water for some time until the soil is moist. However, you need to ensure that all excess water drains out of the pot. 

Tip 4: Add Fertilizers  

African violets are delicate
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You might hear different views from different people who grow African violets about feeding the plant right. While some people prefer fertilizing African violets in the spring season, others also fertilize their plants in winter since African violets bloom all year. There is another group that prefers fertilizing the plant every time they water it. 

There is no specific rule of thumb except the one written on the packaging of your fertilizer. You can easily buy one from Amazon or your local garden center. However, take care of these three things in your fertilizer. 

  • African violets are sensitive so the fertilizer should be specific to these plants. This way, it will have the perfect balance of phosphorus, nitrogen, and potassium, the three essential nutrients every plant needs to grow properly. 
  • Avoid fertilizers with urea as it can destroy delicate African violets. 
  • Look for a water-soluble fertilizer as it will make all the desired nutrients easily accessible to your plant. 

Tip 5: The Right Soil Mix

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The soil you use for your African violets also plays a major role in their growth and sustenance throughout the year. Since African violets require soil with good drainage, their potting mix must include equal amounts of these three ingredients – peat, perlite, and vermiculite. You can opt to DIY the potting mix or purchase it from a local garden center and take care of your plant. 

Tip 6: Taking Care Of The Leaves 

Leaves of African violet plant
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For the healthy growth of your African violet plant, make sure no dust or soil settles on its leaves. If that happens, use a small, soft-bristled brush (like a paintbrush) to wipe off the dust.  If a leaf is dead, remove it from the plant using tweezers so that it does not hinder the growth of the plant. 

Sometimes the leaves of African violet grow long and narrow. It can be because of less light or incorrect temperature conditions. Fix and then see your plant blooming in no time. If the leaves of your plant appear pale or discolored, it is because of exposure to bright light. Adjust the lighting and your plant will be as good as new. 

Bring The Beauties Home Today! 

African violets are the best flowering houseplants to add a colorful vibe to your home. So without wasting any time, add them to your plant collection. Even if you are a beginner, taking care of African violets is easy and manageable. All you need to do is provide them with the right conditions to flourish, and they will continue to brighten up your place throughout the year.

Do you have any secret tips that have helped your African violets thrive? Comment below and share.