Common Name: Persian Violet
Scientific Name: Exacum affine
Lighting: Bright to Moderate
Watering: Moderate to Heavy
The Persian Violet is a very popular houseplant used for gifts. Persian Violet plants create an explosion of small pink, white or blue flowers with yellow centers. Blooming can last for months adding to the attraction of the Persian Violet. The plant stays rather compact with estimated growth of 10 to 18 inches tall.
The Persian Violet prefers moderate light levels so aim to keep it within 5 to 7 feet from a window receiving sun. If the plant begins to reach and begin spindly, it is reaching for the light so move it closer to the window.
The Persian Violet requires moist soil at all times so do not allow the soil to dry out in between watering. However, beware to not allow the soil to become soggy otherwise you will promote root or stem rot. Allow for good drainage by allowing excess water to drain out of the pot into a tray.
The Persian Violet requires high humidity levels so if the plant begins to look not as healthy, try giving it a daily misting.
The downfall to this common houseplant is that once it's done blooming, it can be difficult to get it to bloom again. You can try removing faded blooms to encourage new blooms. Others have also taken cuttings from the plant to start new plants, however success seems to be limited.
For the most part, enjoy this plant in it's prime and keep an open mind for what happens next. Please share your tips.
Labels: Flowering Houseplants