Plant Care African Violet

African Violet

4.6 out of 5 (127 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 located in Boston, Massachusetts.

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 Boston, Massachusetts

Boston, Massachusetts

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Growing African Violet in Boston right now

Light needs for plant African Violet in Boston, Massachusetts

Plant growth potential is currently very low 📉

November 29th, 2022

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

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

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Light needs for plant African Violet in Boston, Massachusetts

Sunlight will decrease by 32.5% ☀️

November 29th, 2022

Boston is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Boston is expected to decrease by 32.5% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 6.2 megajoules of energy per m2 per da…

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Light needs for plant African Violet in Boston, Massachusetts

Daylight will decrease by 1.3 hours 📉

November 29th, 2022

This month, Boston is getting an average of 8.4 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 12.3% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 8.9 total hours of dayli…

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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 Boston, Massachusetts ⛅.

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 Boston, Massachusetts

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

November 27th, 2022

The growing potential in Boston 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 to r…

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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!


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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 Boston, Massachusetts, 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 71
African Violet has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 50
African Violet has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 48
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-1 114 Plants
xp 4,622 XP
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 74 Plants
xp 3,152 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 74 Plants
xp 3,152 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 10,286 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
xp 10,286 XP
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 86 Plants
xp 14,504 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 86 Plants
xp 14,504 XP
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 20 Plants
xp 4,881 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
xp 161 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 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 70 Plants
xp 7,427 XP
globe Gaithersburg, MD
08/12/2021

My beautiful friend

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Taylorship avatar
@Taylorship
leaf-1 85 Plants
xp 4,526 XP
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 16 Plants
xp 1,058 XP
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
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 30 Plants
xp 1,275 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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