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Sunday, August 02, 2009

African Violet FAQ

There is white mold or fungus growing on top of the soil of my African Violet plants.

The mold or fungus is typically due to over watering or the soil is not draining properly. Use soil specifically for African Violets. Water less frequently or less heavily to prevent the soil from becoming water logged.

I want to replant my African Violet however it doesn't look healthy. Should I wait?

Yes. Typically, replanting will put the plant in a slight state of shock, so transplanting when the plant isn't healthy may actually hurt the plant. Wait until the plant is in a healthful state before repotting.

Your African Violet has some type of pest. How do I get rid of them?

There are multiple ways. You can spray them with a soapy dishwater mixture twice a day for a couple days. Another method a reader shared was a mixture of rubbing alcohol and water. However with the alcohol mixture, it killed the crown of the plant. But, it then grew many new crowns, when can't be left to grow for a few months then separated. You can also purchase an insecticide at any local garden center. 

What is the right way to water African Violets?

African Violets prefer moderate water levels, which typically means once a week when the plant dries out. In terms of how much depends really on your plant. The biggest thing I've learned with houseplant is that you need to feel it out. As one reader commented, she drenches her African Violet and then lets it dry out completely. That strategy has worked very well for her. I, myself seem to have to not drench it, but give it a good soaking. Do test and see what will work best for your plant.

One thing is for sure; make sure you are allowing proper drainage of the water. This is true for all houseplants.

How do I propagate African Violets?

These houseplants are extremely easy to propagate. Almost too easy. Take any leaf with stem and place in soil. Water thoroughly and you should be good to go!

Miscellaneous Tips:

African Violets don't like to be moved, so find them a great location and keep them there. If you do need to move them, be ready for a little backlash. The plants will spring back, but may go through a little shock period and take a little longer to bloom again.

Be sure to pinch off dead blossoms to help keep your African Violet keep blooming for many years.

Be sure to also read the complete African Violets Care post for detailed information on how to care for this houseplant.

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Blogger Bramha said...

Hi Dreyas
I have read your blog with interest. It is really very good learning center for House plant care. Great Keep it up !If I may borrow your brains ..please help me with this one. I have an Areca Palm potted about 3 months ago. It is indoors and receives good sunlight.
I am thinking of underplanting some plants in the same pot. Can I plant some peace lily or spider plant ( Ribbon plant)?
Does Areca palm have a problem with underpotted plants?
Appreciate your thoughts and comments.
Rgds Bramha

12:13 AM  
Anonymous Flowers said...

Wow...Your african violet looks wonderful. I love flowers and like your blog on houseplant care tips. Your blog is perfect and appreciated.

10:49 PM  
Blogger complementsstyles said...

Hi Dreyas
My sword leafs just fell off my snake plant. What do i do, replant in the same soil? The leafs that fell off are perfectly healthy. I don't want to throw them away. . . Help.


7:42 PM  
Anonymous Marie said...

African violets
I moved from eastern Canada to the prairies. While in the east my violets flowered continuously. Here in the west just couldn't keep them in bloom, until I gave them a shot of epsom salts, now they have come back to their beautiful state. Do hope this is helpful for others.

12:03 PM  
Blogger beth said...

My lovely cat knocked over my African Violet and the outer leaves have all died but have new growth in the middle. Will it live? I have always loved them and would hate to lose my first one to the cat.

11:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My violet has green leaves that are really limp and soft. Any suggestions for what to do to nurse it back to health?


2:56 PM  
Blogger Joey Calvert said...

I have a lot of luck with the self watering ceramic pots for my African violets..the kind that has a pot that sits into another pot..they absord the water they need...violets love them..however I've got the white mold/mildew in two pots on top of the soil...the soil is African violet soil and never gets water through the soil except what it absorbs through the pot...what can I do to get rid of it??

10:40 PM  

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