Plant Care Kenyan Violet
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Kenyan Violet

4.8 out of 5 (18 experiences)

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

Also known as

African violet

Taxonomy

Streptocarpus ionanthus
Streptocarpus
Gesneriaceae
Lamiales

How to care for Kenyan Violet

Water

How often to water your Kenyan Violet

Water needs for Kenyan Violet
0.5 cups
every 9

Kenyan 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 Kenyan Violet

Water 0.5 cups every
9

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5"
Light

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Finding light for Kenyan Violet in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Kenyan Violet: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Kenyan Violet love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Kenyan Violet does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Kenyan Violet in your home 🏡.

Nutrients

How to fertilize Kenyan Violet

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Kenyan 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 Kenyan Violet after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

FAQs
Water Needs
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Care Summary for Kenyan Violet

Kenyan Violet

Kenyan Violet


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft 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

Kenyan Violet has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 13
Kenyan Violet has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 6
Kenyan Violet has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 4
Kenyan Violet has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 4
Kenyan Violet has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 1
Kenyan Violet has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 1
R_l15748 avatar
@R_l15748
leaf-1 40 Plants
xp 971 XP
10/15/2021

Don’t get the leaves wet!

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Nilasivatheesan avatar
@Nilasivatheesan
leaf-1 7 Plants
xp 231 XP
globe Vancouver, British Columbia
10/15/2021

I’ve always loved African violets. They bloom year round and are so easy to take care of.

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Honeyyvoiced avatar
@Honeyyvoiced
leaf-1 62 Plants
xp 2,671 XP
globe Kenosha, Wisconsin
10/10/2021

Water this plant with room temperature water, otherwise you will shock the plant and stress it out

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
R_l15748 avatar
@R_l15748
leaf-1 40 Plants
xp 971 XP
09/28/2021

Don’t get the leaves wet. I indirect water.

Browns easily Browns easily
Jordanwhitney3 avatar
@Jordanwhitney3
leaf-1 9 Plants
xp 308 XP
09/24/2021

This plant literally fell and was gone for 3 months in the dark and still lived. It got sunburnt because the transition from dark dark to extreme light was too fast (my fault) and STILL lived. this thing does not die🥰

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
R_l avatar
@R_l
leaf-1 17 Plants
xp 472 XP
globe Homer City, Pennsylvania
09/16/2021

Don’t get the leaves wet. Indirectly water.

Browns easily Browns easily
Jphillippe avatar
@Jphillippe
leaf-1 40 Plants
xp 1,028 XP
globe Minnetonka, Minnesota
09/07/2021

Love the color of her blooms

Survivor Survivor
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Chantal avatar
@Chantal
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 41 XP
globe Mount Vernon, New York
08/17/2021

Do not wet the leaves. It damages them and they brown and die.

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Fast grower Fast grower
Sophie avatar
@Sophie
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 90 XP
08/11/2021

bottom water only so as not to damage the velvety leaves

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Polkadotgreenery avatar
@Polkadotgreenery
leaf-1 13 Plants
xp 430 XP
globe Ligonier, Pennsylvania
08/10/2021

This violet blooms pretty purple flowers

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Polkadotgreenery avatar
@Polkadotgreenery
leaf-1 13 Plants
xp 430 XP
globe Ligonier, Pennsylvania
08/10/2021

This violet blooms a pretty white flower

Jill avatar
@Jill
leaf-1 15 Plants
xp 485 XP
08/08/2021

It hasn’t bloomed in the months I’ve had it, however has survived

Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Pet friendly Pet friendly

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