|Originally native to the coastal woods of
east Africa, African violets have become
one of the most popular indoor plants. They
are easy to grow, come in a wide range of
beautifully colored flowers, and their small
size allows you to grow them on a window
sill. The plants come as miniatures (6 inches
or less in diameter), semi-miniatures (6
to 8 inches), standard (8 to 16 inches) and
large (over 16 inches). Flowers can be single,
double, semi-double, star shaped, fringed,
or ruffled. Those who grow African violets
can choose from several hundred varieties.
They can be purchased at flower shops, garden
centers, through catalogs, and online. |
Consider the following if you
want to grow
Remember that even though African
do well in the average conditions
homes, they will do even better
- African violets like 6 to 8 hours per day
of light if you want them to flower well.
When growing them on a window sill, south
or west windows are best in winter; east
and north windows work best in the summer.
Avoid exposure to direct hot sun light ,
as this may cause the leaves to scorch. Those
who grow larger numbers of African violets
often choose to grow them under fluorescent
lights. Timers can automatically turn the
lights on and off.
- African violets like room temperatures to
be between 60 degrees and 90
will not survive freezing.
- African violets should be watered with room
temperature water when the
soil feels dry.
If cold water splashes on the
can cause discolored spots
to form. Over
watering can cause root and
- African violets grow best in soils designed
specially for their needs.
They should be
fertilized every 4 to 6 weeks.
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