African violets grow well in pots

African violets grow well in pots

African violets grow well in pots
African violets grow well in potsSaintpaulias,  commonly known as African violets,  are a genus of 6–20 species of herbaceous perennial flowering plants in the family.
African violets look their best when their rosettes of leaves are spread out in horizontal fashion.
Grow only one violet per pot.  When more than one violet grows in the same pot, the leaves of the different plants tangle with each other.   Thus they will no longer lie as flat as they should.

Give pots on a windowsill plenty of space and a quarter-turn each day.
This will preserve that horizontal look for individually potted violets.
You can also grow your plants under fluorescent lights.

As African violets bloom most often when they are slightly root bound,  each plant should grow in a container only about one-third its width.   Your pot should be no more than 4 inches deep.
Try to keep your African violets as root bound as possible.

For the most successful African violets,  plant only one per pot in a light and quick-draining medium.
Use pots with rolled edges, rather than sharp edges as the plant leaves will rest on those edges.

Do not allow the soil to become soggy,  as this will cause decay.
Try to keep your African violets as root bound as possible.
Only water them when the soil feels dry..

Keep soil moist to dry, and allow soil around roots to dry out before watering to encourage blooming.
Water from the bottom with room temperature water.
Use the plastic grower’s pot for water. This will allow the plant to absorb the water.
Not more than 30 minutes.  Avoid getting water on the leaves as this can cause spotting damage.
For best results, use violet plant food as directed.

The amount of light that an African Violet receives is important for its health and overall performance.
They thrive in moderate to bright,  indirect,  indoor light.

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

Beware of cold temperatures:
While excessive heat will cause your African violets to suffer, they are not nearly as deadly as cold temperatures.
At the very least,  African violets will stop flowering, and plant growth will be slow.

In more severe cases,  leaves and flowers will rapidly begin to wilt, and the plant will go into shock.
Moreover, cooler temperatures leave African violets vulnerable to so called crown rot, especially when accompanied by excessive moisture.
Depending on the extent to which your African violet has been exposed to cold temperatures, you may or may not, be able to save it.

Once an African violet begins to show symptoms of exposure, it is often too late.
Especially since it may take up to 36 hours for symptoms to appear.
Yes, these plants do need a lot of TLC,  but are worth the effort.


African violets grow well in pots



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