Posted 1M ago by @TidyTigerpear

New Kenyan Violet

My mom gave me this Kenyan violet, I know some basic care - bottom water only, no water on foliage, no direct lighting.
However there are a couple weird spots on it, not sure what could cause it, it’s in a north west window, .5 feet away, no grow light. I’ve got it in a humidity tray sort of setup, it says to keep the soil evenly moist. Any other important things to note ? #KenyanViolet #Violet #TipsandTricks #PlantsMakePeopleHappy #plantcare #PlantInfo #NewPlants #HappyPlants #PlantAddict
0ft to light, indirect
4” pot with drainage
Last watered 2 weeks ago
Hi! On your plant card the picture of you violet looks beautiful. And all the care tips you mentioned sound right. The only thing I will note is that they can handle some very bright indirect light, or even a little direct light. They need quite a bit of light to produce flowers as well. Can you take a picture of the weird spots?
I should add that my recent experience with violets is limited. My mother has always had them and I have grown them over the years, but it’s been a while. I just recently got two starter plants by mail 😬. They are doing great so far. No blooms yet. I also have mine in a northwest window. Even though I know the basics of care, I feel like I’m starting from scratch with a brand new plant. I have mine in wick watering pots. I thought maybe they would stay too wet, but they seem to suck the water right up. When the water is gone out of the the cash pot, I’m going to let them dry for a few days before I refill it each time.
@nellz4estfairyz yea it reccomended a wick pot but I just did something similar to mimic the wetness humidity. humidity trays have always worked good for me (so far)
@nellz4estfairyz I added the photos I was so tired last night must’ve forgotten to add them to the post! πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈ
@TidyTigerpear it almost looks like water got on the leaves because of the shape of the spot. My other thought is the possibility of the soil staying too damp. It’s something I struggle with, especially with those plants that like constantly moist soil. I’m struggling to save my Rex begonia, because the leaves on one shoot keep getting soft and dying. (As we speak, I have to tell myself not to water it yet) I think that begonia likes to dry out just a little. humidity tray sounds nice. I have one plant on a pebble tray, and have got the cookie sheets to do more. The cookie sheets are a good size for a couple plants 😁.
@nellz4estfairyz okay awesome ! I figured it was something possible like water it could have happened before my mom gave it to me, but I was wondering about it staying to moist. I’ll probably rotate it to and from the humidity tray. Thanks for your help!
This is my mom’s African violet that I’ve been taking care off since she passed away in December 2022. The last time it had flowers was in 2020. I repotted it last year in Professional African Violet soil and placed under fluorescent lights this past March and it is flourishing! This is the healthiest I’ve ever seen it, the lighting made a huge difference.
This is what it looked like last year and the soil really helped it out.
I have two violets that I have had for 26 years. The friend that gave them to me said to water them 1/2 cup once a week and I do They are all directly in the windows and are beautifully blooming purple