Plant Care African Violet

African Violet

4.5 out of 5 (73 experiences)

African Violet has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily
African Violet has a Survivor plant personality Survivor

Taxonomy

Saintpaulia ionantha
Saintpaulia
Gesneriaceae
Lamiales

What other plant parents say

African Violet has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 40
African Violet has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 28
African Violet has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 26
African Violet has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 21
African Violet has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 17
African Violet has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 10
African Violet has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 9
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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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@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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@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

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@Juliajenawa
Macomb, 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

Olivetree456 avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant African Violet named Cosmo by Olivetree456 on Greg, the plant care app
05/24/2021

I am not a huge plant person and my thumb is by no means green but I’ve had Cosmo for about a year and she’s just been growing and thriving like it’s nobody’s business.

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 located in Saint Paul, MN.

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

Check the growing potential in your area

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

Plant care guide for African Violet in Saint Paul, MN

Saint Paul, MN

88% High

Growing African Violet in Saint Paul right now

Light needs for plant African Violet in Saint Paul, MN

Plant growth potential is currently very high 📈

June 15th, 2021

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Saint Paul is currently very high 📈. The plant growth potential in your area is currently at its peak! 🌿

The availability of high quality sunli…

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Light needs for plant African Violet in Saint Paul, MN

Sunlight intensity will increase by 9.1% ☀️

June 15th, 2021

Saint Paul is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Saint Paul is expected to increase by 9.1% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 21.2 megajoules of energy per…

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Light needs for plant African Violet in Saint Paul, MN

Daylight will increase by 0.9 hours 📈

June 15th, 2021

This month, Saint Paul is getting an average of 11.9 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will increase by 6.3% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 15.4 total hours of …

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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 during this time of higher sunlight intensity in Saint Paul, MN ☀️.️

This is a great time to watch your African Violet thrive 🌿!

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.

When to repot African Violet

Nutrient needs for plant African Violet in Saint Paul, MN

Is this a good time of year to repot? Yes! 🪴

June 10th, 2021

The growing potential in Saint Paul is high 📈.

It's best to repot plants during their active growing periods when they have the energy to re-establish their roots! This is a great time to repot an…

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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 your location in Saint Paul, MN, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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