African Violets – The perfect indoor plant

African violet - Karuna Nursery

African Violets are some of the most beautiful indoor plants you can grow. Their poignant and dramatic flowers really can spice up the look of a dusty old corner of your office. It could be even your desk plant, where you put in the effort every day to take care of it and raise it strong and healthy. I’ve even noticed a lot of indoor gardeners shying away from this plant, because, compared to other indoor plants, this one can be a bit picky about their needs.

The African Violet with its lovely foliage and elegant flowers is not a hard plant to grow per se. But it is not your usual household plant that you can skip care on. It has a few priority requirements and making sure that those are tended to is more than enough for a healthy plant that blooms beautifully. Let’s have a look at the watering requirements first.

Watering your African Violet

African violet plants are picky about water, so take extra care of African violets when watering. Water with lukewarm or tepid water that was allowed to stand for 48 hours. Water at the base and never splash the foliage with water; just a drop can cause foliar spots and damage. Proper watering is an important aspect of learning how to grow African violets. Water when the soil feels less moist to the touch. Never let growing African violets stand in water or completely dry out. Wick watering, from the bottom, is sometimes appropriate but may not be the best practice for those new to growing African violet plants. Gardeningknowhow.com usually has a lot of detailed information on the best way to care for your plants. Check their blogs you too can figure out the best ways to grow your plants.

How much light is perfect?

African Violets prefers filtered light to direct sunlight. This is why sunlight through a window curtain is perfect. Provide appropriate lighting for the African violet plant. Light intensity should be filtered, with bright to medium intensity reaching the growing African violet. Light affects flowering. African violet plants with dark green foliage usually need somewhat higher light levels than those with pale or medium green foliage. Turn pots regularly to keep flowers from reaching for the light. Place growing African violets 3 feet from a south- or west-facing window for the right lighting. Finding it difficult to find the perfect spot that checks all the boxes above? You can always rely on fluorescent lights as well. Just make sure that it is maintained for eight hours.

Final Thoughts

I bet that you want an African Violet on your table right now! The little challenge in growing a plant like this is part of the uniquely satisfying experience. Having trouble with your African Violet? Is it not flowering or are the leaves spotted? Just contact us right now and we’re more than happy to help you with the solutions to your gardening problems. Do keep learning more about the plants you love and never skimp on research. Until next time.

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