Plant Care African Violet

African Violet

4.6 out of 5 (102 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 58
African Violet has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 40
African Violet has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 39
African Violet has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 25
African Violet has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 21
African Violet has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 18
African Violet has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 14
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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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Agirlandherplants avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant African Violet named Liv & Maddie by Agirlandherplants on Greg, the plant care app
05/13/2021

I just got my African violets so I’m pretty new to them but they have bloomed some more since I got them! I haven’t repotted them yet. I’m hopeful that they really will bloom all year round! Their fl…

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Sharon avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant African Violet named Queenie by Sharon on Greg, the plant care app
07/03/2021

I’ve had this since 2019 and it has certainly grown! Repotted twice. Doesn’t like too much direct light but needs lots of indirect light in order to bloom. Finger test (tricky if you can’t get to the…

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@Lilliana
Bentonville, AR
Rating of the plant African Violet named Ferdinand by Lilliana on Greg, the plant care app
06/01/2021

African Violets are quite easy to grow and have large beautiful leaves. If there is anything wrong with them they decline slowly and can survive almost anything so you can easily fix any problems the…

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Sara avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant African Violet named African Flower by Sara on Greg, the plant care app
05/24/2021

It doesn't require a lot of maintenance, it's very beautiful, and it doesn't require a lot of sunlight. However, the flowers brown easily and if you're replanting it, you'll need to add half a cardbo…

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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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@Risaree1957
Tualatin, OR
Rating of the plant African Violet named Kristin by Risaree1957 on Greg, the plant care app
06/28/2021

I love an African violet. With the tight conditions it will bloom for you. You have to water from the bottom and it will be hsppy for you. It also like filtered light. A north window is perfect for i…

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@Jo
Burlington, ON
Rating of the plant African Violet named Anne by Jo on Greg, the plant care app
04/28/2021

I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve neglected a fair few African violets in my time and, without fail, they come right back with a little bit of TLC. Definitely a good choice if you’re prone to forget abo…

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Florabelle avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant African Violet named Donny by Florabelle on Greg, the plant care app
05/31/2021

Absolutely beautiful plant! That being said, it can be very picky. Seems to like it’s roots to be kept tight. Doesn’t like water to get on it’s leaves. When it does bloom, the flowers are absolutely …

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Fancyplant avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant African Violet named Violet by Fancyplant on Greg, the plant care app
06/14/2021

My mom always had African Violets in the house and they can be a little particular about not getting too much light but just enough, but we have saved many a violet from death with a little attention

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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