Plant Care African Violet

African Violet

4.6 out of 5 (116 experiences)

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

About African Violet

African Violet is a super popular houseplant 🌿 that is isn’t challenging to grow and needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in abundant sunlight ☀ and should be less than 3 feet from a window.

Plant parents describe this plant as easy to bloom and a fast grower with a whopping 2122 being grown with Greg around the world. Check out the reviews below for more details!🌟

African Violet likes soil that is well draining.

African Violet belongs to the saintpaulia genus, and is native to Tanzania.

Taxonomy

Saintpaulia ionantha
Saintpaulia
Gesneriaceae
Lamiales

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 Baltimore, Maryland.

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?

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5"
Light

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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 Baltimore, Maryland

Baltimore, Maryland

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Growing African Violet in Baltimore right now

Light needs for plant African Violet in Baltimore, Maryland

Plant growth potential is currently very low 📉

November 29th, 2021

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Baltimore is currently very low 📉.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in de…

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Light needs for plant African Violet in Baltimore, Maryland

Sunlight intensity will decrease by 29.3% ☀️

November 28th, 2021

Baltimore is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Baltimore is expected to decrease by 29.3% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 7.3 megajoules of energy per m2

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Light needs for plant African Violet in Baltimore, Maryland

Daylight will decrease by 1.1 hours 📉

November 28th, 2021

This month, Baltimore is getting an average of 8.8 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 11% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 9.3 total hours of dayl…

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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 keep it happy during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Baltimore, Maryland ⛅.

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 Baltimore, Maryland

Is this a good time of year to repot? No ⏳

November 29th, 2021

The growing potential in Baltimore is very low 📉.

Repotting in late fall or winter when the day lengths are shorter can be very stressful for a plant and cause it to go into shock.

It's best t…

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FAQs
Difficulty Level

African Violet is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!


Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Toxicity
Soil
Growing Outdoors

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

What other plant parents say

African Violet has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 66
African Violet has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 46
African Violet has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 44
African Violet has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 30
African Violet has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 24
African Violet has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 18
African Violet has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 16
Megan avatar
@Megan
leaf-1 117 Plants
xp 7,118 XP
globe Washington, District of Columbia
11/24/2021

African violets are a great starter plant, in my opinion. The only thing to really watch out for is that the leaves don’t like getting wet so bottom watering is a good option.

Megan avatar
@Megan
leaf-1 117 Plants
xp 7,118 XP
globe Washington, District of Columbia
11/24/2021

Very easy plant but make sure you don’t get the leaves wet! I recommend bottom watering African Violets to avoid getting the leaves wet.
Pet friendly, which is a plus.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Morgan3300 avatar
@Morgan3300
leaf-1 53 Plants
xp 2,336 XP
globe Hackettstown, New Jersey
10/22/2021

I find violets extremely easy to care for. Once you find the right spot in your house for them they bloom all year round. Not a lot of sun but just enough.

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Tessasplants avatar
@Tessasplants
leaf-1 35 Plants
xp 728 XP
10/12/2021

African violets need lots of humidity and produce a small violet flower.

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Elizabeth avatar
@Elizabeth
leaf-1 11 Plants
xp 186 XP
globe Washington, District of Columbia
09/12/2021

It keeps a flower One die another comes

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Chloe avatar
@Chloe
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 150 XP
globe North Vancouver, British Columbia
09/05/2021

Use warm water when watering

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Mhiras avatar
@Mhiras
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 249 XP
08/23/2021

I bought this plant not knowing much, and it lost all its flowers. Make sure to keep it in sunlight and to water from the bottom

Survivor Survivor
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Fast grower Fast grower
Greg2005 avatar
@Greg2005
leaf-1 62 Plants
xp 3,588 XP
globe Gaithersburg, Maryland
08/12/2021

My beautiful friend

Fast grower Fast grower
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Taylorship avatar
@Taylorship
leaf-1 46 Plants
xp 1,477 XP
globe Shellsburg, Iowa
07/28/2021

With the right care, it will bloom quite frequently and grow easily!

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Cheryl avatar
@Cheryl
leaf-1 7 Plants
xp 210 XP
globe San Diego, California
07/26/2021

I have my African violet in a pot that sits in the water. It’s easy to keep and blooms regularly

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Mizsherm avatar
@Mizsherm
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 92 XP
globe Aurora, Illinois
07/25/2021

They are easy to care for and always look so good

Pet friendly Pet friendly
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Chantal avatar
@Chantal
leaf-1 14 Plants
xp 330 XP
globe Lackford, England
07/20/2021

I put this in a west facing window as per the advice when I received it and sometimes that is still too much sun.

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Meagan423 avatar
@Meagan423
leaf-1 21 Plants
xp 538 XP
globe Amarillo, Texas
07/16/2021

Aretha loves my north facing window!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Anicole8 avatar
@Anicole8
leaf-1 25 Plants
xp 1,111 XP
globe Frankford, West Virginia
07/07/2021

A very tricky plant, but once you get the hang of what it needs they’re very easy to take care of!

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Browns easily Browns easily
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Fast grower Fast grower
Sharon avatar
@Sharon
leaf-1 58 Plants
xp 1,863 XP
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 soil!) to water when just dry…also leaves will go limp when thirsty. Recently discover blooms will be pale when needing fertilizer and when fed, the blue edges appear brilliantly!

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Fast grower Fast grower
Sarahellieb avatar
@Sarahellieb
leaf-1 84 Plants
xp 4,278 XP
globe Knoxville, Tennessee
06/30/2021

she is my baby, but a whore for good lighting

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Risaree1957 avatar
@Risaree1957
leaf-1 66 Plants
xp 4,188 XP
globe Tualatin, Oregon
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 it or somewhere away from the brightest light.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Mattoni avatar
@Mattoni
leaf-1 54 Plants
xp 1,011 XP
06/22/2021

Loves a bright spot a d flowers often. Apparently they like to be bottom watered but I have always too watered and it’s doing well.

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Laura avatar
@Laura
leaf-1 24 Plants
xp 289 XP
globe Waterford Township, Michigan
06/20/2021

Avoid getting water on the leaves, trim 2-3 outer leaves once monthly to encourage blooming

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@Cookiemichelle911
leaf-1 25 Plants
xp 919 XP
globe Richmond, Virginia
06/16/2021

I bought this last year at lidl on a whim. It was bad off but since putting it into Greg and looking at a few techniques, I can’t believe this is the same plant from before!

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor

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