Plant Care African Violet
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African Violet

4.6 out of 5 (20 experiences)

African Violet has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily
African Violet has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

Taxonomy

Saintpaulia ionantha
Saintpaulia
Gesneriaceae
Lamiales

What other plant parents say

African Violet has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 10
African Violet has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 7
African Violet has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 7
African Violet has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 6
African Violet has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 4
African Violet has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 3
African Violet has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 2
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@Shrikeplants
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Rating of the plant African Violet named Helena by Shrikeplants on Greg, the plant care app
03/05/2021

This plant is absolutely beautiful and blooms incredibly easily. I bought mine with 4 blooms and a few days later it had 10. You should be aware that they are very sensitive to light. I recommend par…

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Missuscox87 avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant African Violet named Violette by Missuscox87 on Greg, the plant care app
02/17/2021

A bit of research after purchasing told me to water this baby from the bottom, the leaves can rot if they get wet. I bought my plant in bloom almost 2 months ago, and most of the blossoms are still b…

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@Juliajenawa
Houghton, MI
Rating of the plant African Violet named Henry by Juliajenawa on Greg, the plant care app
02/22/2021

Very prone to root rot, be careful with the type of soil and how often you water. Also not the temperature of the room and the water as the roots are sensitive to those changes as well

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Grande Prairie, AB
Rating of the plant African Violet named Elina by Elainesuniqueplants on Greg, the plant care app
04/18/2021

Does not like to get their leaves wet will bloom continuously if kept in the right lighting to provide beautiful flowers all year..african violet food helps too!

Capejettymum avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant African Violet named FuzzBuzz by Capejettymum on Greg, the plant care app
03/02/2021

I’ve been able to share many African Violets with others by setting a healthy leaf 1/3 way down in fertile soil.

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@Lesleyshell
Kathleen, GA
Rating of the plant African Violet named Viola by Lesleyshell on Greg, the plant care app
03/20/2021

Do not allow leaves to get wet. Use a pot that allows for bottom watering. Fertilize in late winter

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@Lilyyandow
Bedford, NH
Rating of the plant African Violet named da Vinci by Lilyyandow on Greg, the plant care app
02/16/2021

as long as you’re careful when watering not to get the leaves wet you’re pretty much set

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Portland, OR
Rating of the plant African Violet named Xena by Sapphosgarden on Greg, the plant care app
03/11/2021

Shes a strong gal and making a strong comeback as I learn how to care for her.

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@Tyrha
Missoula, MT
Rating of the plant African Violet named Beatrice by Tyrha on Greg, the plant care app
03/07/2021

Pretty easy plant to take care of. Leaves are pretty and flowers look cool.

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@Emily
Newburyport, MA
Rating of the plant African Violet named Athena by Emily on Greg, the plant care app
03/19/2021

Self-watering planters are a game changer for this plant💁🏼‍♀️

How to care for African Violet

Water

How often to water your African Violet

Water needs for African Violet
0.5 cups
every 9

African Violet needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of African Violet

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for African Violet in your home

Light needs and placement for plant African Violet: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

African Violet may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Select your city to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of African Violet in your home 🏡.

Nutrients

How to fertilize African Violet

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for African Violet: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your African Violet after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Care Summary for African Violet

African Violet

African Violet


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 3ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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