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Sunday, August 02, 2009

African Violet FAQ

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

Solution:
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.


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

Solution:
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.


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

Solution:
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. 


Problem:
What is the right way to water African Violets?

Solution:
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.


Problem:
How do I propagate African Violets?

Solution:
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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