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11 tips to grow them like the pros!
Indoor plants don’t just add a bit of color to our homes, they’re also revered for filtering the air in our homes.
With African violets, in addition to filtering the air, the flowers will steal the show. We find the flowers in purple, but also in pink, red and white.
Do you think they are rather difficult to maintain?
Well no, actually African Violets are pretty easy to grow!
And with the 6 basic tips that we will provide you here, you will see that this plant is one of the easiest plants to maintain in the house.
Here are 6 basic tips for having African violets that look better than ever:
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1) Use potting soil:
Potting soil will make a difference for your violets because they need airy, light soil around their roots to allow good air circulation. Get commercial potting soil or make your own by mixing peat moss and vermiculite or perlite into the soil to make it lighter.
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2) Provide them with good conditions to grow perfectly:
Direct sunlight would scorch the velvety leaves of African violets. It is, therefore, preferable to place the plants in a bright place, but in the South-East of the sun-facing a window. In winter it may be necessary to put the plants in a little more light for them to flower. And contrary to popular belief, plants won’t bloom more in warmer conditions. The best temperatures for African violets are between 12°C and 23°C (55°F and 75°F). Avoid leaving them in places where drafts pass, or in places where the temperature drops below 10°C and 12°C (50-55°F) at night.
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3) Keep the soil moist:
African violets should be watered as soon as the top of the soil becomes dry to the touch. The water should be at room temperature or slightly warmer. And be careful to keep water away from foliage when watering plants. These plants like moist conditions but do not like to be touched by water.
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4) Fertilize often:
For your African violets to bloom regularly it is important to fertilize them often. A fertilizer low in nitrogen and high in phosphorus will encourage flower production by limiting foliage growth. Many products specifically designed for African violets are available on the market, otherwise, a well-balanced, high-quality fertilizer will also be fine. It is recommended to fertilize with each watering for continual flowering.
5) Remove the flowers as soon as they are dried:
African violets will bloom all year round if you take the time to tend them. One of the most important tips not to neglect is to remove the flowers as soon as they are dried. This will encourage the growth of new flowers.
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6) Repot Periodically:
After a while, the nutrients in the potting mix will be depleted, so the potting mix will need to be changed so that the plant’s roots can again absorb nutrients to supply the plant. Repot the African violet with new potting soil once or twice a year. The size of the pot should not change per count and should not exceed 10.16 cm to 12.7 cm (4″ to 5″) in diameter.
Further information that you should know about African Violet
7. Where To Install African Violet
The best place to plant an African violet is where there is no direct sunlight on the plant.
- He is afraid of the sun’s rays when they fall directly on the African violet.
Therefore, he needs good light, but without direct sunlight.
- Absolutely avoid near heat sources such as radiators, because this plant of tropical origin needs moisture.
African violet requires a temperature of 18 to 24°, but should never fall below 13°. Ideally, at night it should be 4-5 ° less.
You can install it next to gloxinia because they belong to the same family and the growing conditions are the same.