Plant Care African Violet

African Violet

4.6 out of 5 (129 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 Charlotte, North Carolina.

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 Charlotte, North Carolina

Charlotte, North Carolina

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Growing African Violet in Charlotte right now

Light needs for plant African Violet in Charlotte, North Carolina

Plant growth potential is currently high 📈

May 23rd, 2022

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Charlotte is currently high 📈.

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

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Light needs for plant African Violet in Charlotte, North Carolina

Sunlight will increase by 12.4% ☀️

May 23rd, 2022

Charlotte is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Charlotte is expected to increase by 12.4% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 20.4 megajoules of energy per …

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Light needs for plant African Violet in Charlotte, North Carolina

Daylight will increase by 1.1 hours 📈

May 23rd, 2022

This month, Charlotte is getting an average of 10.3 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will increase by 8.5% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 14.3 total hours of d…

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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 Charlotte, North Carolina ☀️.️

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 Charlotte, North Carolina

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

May 23rd, 2022

The growing potential in Charlotte 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 any…

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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 Charlotte, North Carolina, 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 73
African Violet has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 52
African Violet has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 50
African Violet has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 32
African Violet has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 24
African Violet has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 23
African Violet has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 19
Ehlane avatar
@Ehlane
leaf-1 53 Plants
xp 1,328 XP
globe Austin, Texas
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 76 Plants
xp 2,324 XP
globe American Fork, Utah
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 76 Plants
xp 2,324 XP
globe American Fork, Utah
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 9,448 XP
globe Orlando, Florida
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 9,448 XP
globe Orlando, Florida
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 21 Plants
xp 830 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-1 114 Plants
xp 13,481 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-1 114 Plants
xp 13,481 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 60 Plants
xp 3,582 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 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 5,581 XP
globe Gaithersburg, Maryland
08/12/2021

My beautiful friend

Fast grower Fast grower
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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@Taylorship
leaf-1 82 Plants
xp 2,629 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 19 Plants
xp 832 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 25 Plants
xp 965 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 20 Plants
xp 2,134 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

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