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2" African Violet (Saintpaulia spp.)

$5.99

 

Assorted Colors - will receive either purple, pink or white violet.

African Violets (Saintpaulia spp.) are popular houseplants known for their vibrant, delicate flowers and attractive foliage. Here are care instructions to help you keep your African Violet healthy and blooming:

1. Light: African Violets prefer bright, indirect light. Place them near a window where they can get plenty of light without direct sunlight, which can scorch their leaves. East or north-facing windows are usually ideal.

2. Temperature: African Violets thrive in temperatures between 65-75°F (18-24°C) during the day and slightly cooler at night. Avoid sudden temperature fluctuations and drafts, which can stress the plant.

3. Watering: Water African Violets from the bottom to prevent water from getting on their leaves, which can cause spotting. Use room-temperature water and allow the soil to dry out slightly between waterings. Water when the top inch (2.5 cm) of soil feels dry, but don't let the plant dry out completely. Avoid overwatering, as this can lead to root rot.

4. Humidity: African Violets prefer higher humidity levels. You can increase humidity by placing the pot on a humidity tray filled with water and pebbles or by using a room humidifier.

5. Soil: Use a well-draining, porous potting mix specifically formulated for African Violets or make your own mix using equal parts of peat moss, perlite, and vermiculite. Good drainage is crucial to prevent root rot.

6. Fertilizing: Feed African Violets with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer specially formulated for houseplants. Dilute the fertilizer to half-strength and apply it every 2-4 weeks during the growing season (spring and summer). Reduce feeding or stop altogether in fall and winter when growth slows down.

7. Potting: Repot African Violets annually or whenever they outgrow their pots. Choose a pot that is only slightly larger than the current one to avoid excessive moisture retention around the roots. Use fresh potting mix during repotting.

8. Flowering: To encourage blooming, ensure your African Violet receives adequate light and proper care. Remove spent flowers and yellowing leaves promptly to redirect the plant's energy into producing new blooms.

9. Grooming: Regularly remove dead or yellowing leaves and spent flowers to keep the plant looking tidy and to promote new growth and blooming.

10. Pests: Watch out for common pests such as spider mites, aphids, and mealybugs. Inspect your plant regularly, especially under the leaves and along stems. Treat any pest infestations promptly with insecticidal soap or neem oil.

By following these care instructions, you can enjoy beautiful, flowering African Violets year-round in your home. They are rewarding plants that add color and charm to indoor spaces with proper care and attention.


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