Plant Care African Violet

African Violet

4.6 out of 5 (126 experiences)

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

Taxonomy

Streptocarpus ionathus
Streptocarpus
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.

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

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 region 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.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

African Violet is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Benefits of Growing African Violet →

Common African Violet Problems →


💦 Water Needs

African Violet prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

African Violet Water Frequency →

African Violet Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

African Violet may have difficulty thriving and will drop leaves 🍃 without ample sunlight. Place it less than 3 feet from a window to maximize the potential for growth. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

African Violet Light Requirements →

African Violet Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.


💨 Humidity

African Violet prefers dry environments. Providing extra humidity or misting your plant allows water to linger on leaves, which can create the perfect environment for harmful types of fungi.

African Violet Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

African Violet is very sensitive to dry soil, so choose a potting soil that retains moisture. A good soil will still drain well and contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir or sphagnum moss.

Best Soil Mix for African Violet →

When and How to Successfully Repot African Violet →


💩 Fertilizer

African Violet should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!


🌎 Native Region

African Violet is native to Africa.


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

African Violet grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.

How and When to Prune African Violet →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
African Violet can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 11-12. Find your local hardiness zone here.

African Violet Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

African Violet can be propagated by the leaf method. To propagate:

  • Remove a leaf by gently twisting until it pops off.
  • To get the leaf to root, you can either:
    • Place the leaf in water until roots emerge and are ~2” long and then transplant into well-draining soil, or
    • Place the leaf directly into well-draining soil

How to Propagate African Violet →


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


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.

What other plant parents say

African Violet has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 70
African Violet has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 49
African Violet has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 47
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 21
@Ehlane avatar
@@Ehlane
leaf-1 91 Plants
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globe Austin, TX
03/06/2022

I’ve been in love with African violets since I was about 9-years-old. They’re easy to care for if you pay them just a little bit of attention. Find the right spot for them, and they will thrive. I always pinch off rangy leaves and dead blossoms to encourage new growth.

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
@mossycabbages avatar
@@mossycabbages
leaf-1 66 Plants
xp 3,455 XP
12/28/2021

This plant grows very quickly but the larger the leaves are the more likely they are to get dirt stuck on the velvet. I use a toothbrush to gently brush the dirt off and she stays very happy

Fast grower Fast grower
@mossycabbages avatar
@@mossycabbages
leaf-1 66 Plants
xp 3,455 XP
12/28/2021

I bought this plant about three months ago and it had put out a lot of new leaves. It hasn’t grown enough to need a new pot, but it has new leaves appearing almost constantly

Fast grower Fast grower
@BJoyce avatar
@@BJoyce
leaf-1 57 Plants
xp 10,343 XP
globe Orlando, FL
12/22/2021

Super easy to care for. Bottom water. Mine has bloomed a couple times without much effort.

Blooms easily Blooms easily
@BJoyce avatar
@@BJoyce
leaf-1 57 Plants
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globe Orlando, FL
12/21/2021

This has been so easy. Happy everywhere I put it. Fine if I forget to water. Bloomed twice so far. I endorse this low maintenance queen

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Kim avatar
@Kim
leaf-1 14 Plants
xp 858 XP
12/19/2021

Propagated these from single leaves.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Blooms easily Blooms easily
@Megan avatar
@@Megan
leaf-1 32 Plants
xp 14,740 XP
globe Washington, DC
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 32 Plants
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globe Washington, DC
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
@Morgan3300 avatar
@@Morgan3300
leaf-1 25 Plants
xp 6,285 XP
globe Jackson, WY
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, DC
09/12/2021

It keeps a flower One die another comes

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Chloe avatar
@Chloe
leaf-1 6 Plants
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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 283 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 66 Plants
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globe Gaithersburg, MD
08/12/2021

My beautiful friend

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
@taylorship avatar
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leaf-1 89 Plants
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globe Shellsburg, IA
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, CA
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 9 Plants
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globe Aurora, IL
07/25/2021

They are easy to care for and always look so good

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Chantal avatar
@Chantal
leaf-1 14 Plants
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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 46 Plants
xp 3,461 XP
globe Amarillo, TX
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 18 Plants
xp 2,492 XP
globe Morgantown, WV
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

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