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African Violet- Saintpaulia

These dainty compact, low-growing plants may be nostalgic of Grandmas house, but the popularity of these bright and cheerful flowers has been booming since late 1800's. Don't be put off by their reputation for difficulty: providing you follow a few simple rules, African violets should thrive indoors. With a little experience and right care, it's possible to keep them in flower nearly all year round with a lifespan of up to 50 years! 

African Violet flowers in a white textured indoor pot.

General Care

Sunlight

Thrives in bright but not direct sunlight.

Water

Keep soil slightly moist with warm tempered water. 

Humidity

Thrives in warm humid areas

Soil

Use good quality potting mix. 

Vibrant purple African Violet Plant contrasts to a black background.

Common Problems

African Violets commonly face disease and pest problems like most house plants. However watering correctly is vital to African Violet to thrive- Do not allow water to contact the leaves to prevent damage, other than light misting. Water from below, or push the water spout into the soil when watering. Don't allow the plant to sit in water.

Symptom

Lack of flowers; leaves are long and narrow

Cause

Not enough light; temperature is too cool

Symptom

Leaf spots

Cause

Water left on the leaves 

Precautions

African violets are non-toxic to curious pets. This should offer some comfort to parents of curious cats that enjoy the taste of this lovely houseplant.