How to Grow African Violets


Article by: Sharon Rosenzweig

Anyone can grow , Storage Sheds beautiful African Violets if they provide the simple conditions required for healthy , How to Find and Work With a Porch Swing Contractor To Install the Porch Swing of Your Dreams growth.

Natural Light:

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Fluorescent Light:

If adequate natural , Permanently Remove Green Pool Algae light is not available, plants , Pond Construction can be grown under fluorescent lights. , Storage Sheds Use double tube fixtures with one cool white , Use Floating Row Covers to Grow Better Cucumbers Without Spraying bulb and one broad spectrum bulb. , Gardening - When to Prune Lights , Super Foods from Home Vegetable Gardens should be 8 to 10 inches above the top of the plants , Easy Landscaping and Curb Appeal for Florida Homes and turned on for 12 to 14 hours a day. If plants , In Garden Design, Less Is More have tight centers or seem to be bleaching out, reduce the number of hours to 8-10 a day.

When to Water:

More violets die from overwatering than from any other single cause. Violet soil , Harmonize Your Yard: 8 Ways to Add Feng Shui Outdoors should be kept evenly moist and never allowed to become soggy. Water , How to Select a Really Good Hose only when the top of the soil , How to Choose Your Garden Furniture and Make It Last is dry to the touch. Always use tepid water. , Swimming Pool Chemicals: Algaecides & Clarifiers

How to Water:

You can water , Put Your Lawn On a Diet from the top, bottom, use wicks or use self watering planters. However, about once a month, plants , Types of Annuals in the Garden - Tender, Hardy and Half-Hardy should be watered from the top to flush out accumulated fertilizer salts. Never allow plants , The Annual Pond Cleanout to stand in water , Home Landscaping Etiquette (unless wicked or Oyama Planters are used). If water , Outdoor Kitchens: Attention All Cooks - You've Never Had It This Good! gets on the leaves, dry with a paper towel to prevent leaf spotting.


A potting medium suitable for African Violets should be sterilized, and light , Feng Shui In the Garden and airy to allow root , Maintaining Water Quality in a Garden Pond penetration. Soilless mixes are ideal - they contain sphagnum peat, vermiculite and perlite.


Temperature and humidity are important factors. Most violets can tolerate temperatures , Use Floating Row Covers to Grow Better Cucumbers Without Spraying between 60 and 80 degrees. Ideal temperatures , Companion Planting are 72-75 degrees day-time and 65 degrees night-time. The preferred humidity range is 40% to 60%. A humidifier or bowls of water , How to Find and Work With a Porch Swing Contractor To Install the Porch Swing of Your Dreams placed near plants , Outdoor Kitchens: Attention All Cooks - You've Never Had It This Good! can be used to increase you home's humidity during heating season. , Storage Sheds


Lack of regular feeding is one of the reasons an african violet will not bloom. The best way to feed is to use a dilute fertilizer solution every time you water. , In Garden Design, Less Is More Use 1/8 to 1/4 tsp. fertilizer to one gallon of water. , Container Gardening: Urban Alternative for Plant Lovers A balanced fertilizer should be used such as 20-20-20 or 12-36-14. Find a fertilizer with a low nitrogen urea content as urea burns the roots. , Super Foods from Home Vegetable Gardens Some brands are Peters, Optimara, Miracle Grow, , Green Grass Cutting: Reel Lawnmowers Schultz.
Sharon Rosenzweig has been growing , Gardening - Schefflera Care African Violets for more than 30 years. She is a Board Member of the Baystate African Violets Society (BSAVS) in Massachusetts. She is the owner of The Planter Depot which specializes in Oyama Self Watering African Violet Planters and other growing , Types of Annuals in the Garden - Tender, Hardy and Half-Hardy supplies. The online , Types of Annuals in the Garden - Tender, Hardy and Half-Hardy store of The Planter Depot can be found at

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