How much light should I provide?
African Violets require plenty of bright light - either natural or Fluorescent. If your choose natural light, place plants near a window that receives filtered light throughout the day, but avoid any direct sun light.
How should I water my African Violets?
Regular Watering is a key factor for growing great African Violets. There are many ways to water African Violets. The most common methods include top or bottom watering, wicking, and self-watering pots.
What about fertilizer?
A regular application of fertilizer helps African Violets develop strength and produce plenty of blossoms. Some fertilizers provide a balanced diet of overall health while others offer a formula to encourage blossoms. Alternate fertilizers to meet the plant’s needs. Dilute 1/8 to 1/4 tsp. of fertilizer to one gallon of room temperature water - for window-grown plants use 1/8 tsp. Remember to fertilize each time you water.
Should I use a special soil?
Yes, use a soil-free commercial potting mix that contains peat moss, perlite, and vermiculite. Even the lightest commercial mix can hold too much water, so add some perlite to ensure good drainage.
When should I repot my African Violets?
Repot at least one or two times a year to stimulate growth and encourage the bloom cycle. African Violets like to be pot-bound, to produce blossoms, so choose pots that are 1/3 the size of the plant. Once a plant has achieved maturity, continue repotting into the same size container - rarely more than a 4 inch pot.
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