African Violets (Saintpaulia) makes a lot of flowers in the most varied colors. But, for a spectacular blooming, you have to help them 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 must not be large. A container of 8-10 cm diameter is enough for this plant to develop properly. In a larger pot, the plant will be very leafy and will give a lot of babies.
- Never water the African Violets on the leaves. Over time, some spots will appear that will dry the leaves. Also, if you water it in the middle of the leaf rosette the plant will rot. The water is placed in the pot plate.
Be careful, if you put 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 you will lose it shortly.
- Water it with room temperature water. If the water is too cold, the plant 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 for the plant to benefit of the nutritional substances in the soil.
- During the entire year in 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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