African Violets (Saintpaulia) produce a lot of flowers in the most varied colors. But, for a spectacular blooming, you have to give them a little help and to respect some basic rules!
- Place the pot in a well-lit area, near the window. It’s important to avoid air flows because it may damage the plant.
- The pot should not be large. A container of 4 inch in diameter is enough for this plant to grow properly. In a larger pot, the plant will grow leafy and will produce a lot of babies.
- Never water the African Violets on the leaves. Over time, some dark spots will occur that will dry the leaves. Also, if you water it in the middle of the rosette, the plant will rot. Always pour the water in the pot plate.
Be careful, if you add too much water in the pot plate, the soil can no longer be aerated, and the plant will choke. If the plant suffers from thirst, the leaves will soften and your plant will be terminated shortly.
- Use only room temperature water. If the water is too cold, the Violet will suffer a heat shock and will die.
- African Violet has superficial surface roots. You must handle it with care when you change the soil. The transplantation must be done in spring so the plant could take advantage of the nutritional substances in the soil.
- During the blooming period, African Violets will need a surplus of nutritious elements. Use a fertilizer with balanced NPK content, especially made for African Violets.
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