African Violet

African Violet

African Violet – Photo by Madlantern Design

Name: African Violet (Saintpaulia)

Growth habit: Compact, upright (some varieties somewhat trailing) fuzzy-leafed plant with colorful blossoms. Most often seen in homes and offices as a decorative plant.
Light Level: Prefers bright indirect light and even will even grow in environments with entirely florescent lighting.
Generously, but allow soil to dry out between waterings. Water from below or avoid getting leaves wet for best results.
Fertilization: Water-soluble fertilizer formulated for African Violets recommended.

Planting Medium: Light, slightly acidic soil (or soil-less mix) rich in peat moss.

Common afflictions: Aphids, cyclamen mites, thrips, blight, crown rot, powdery mildew, leaf scorch, salt damage,

Pruning: Most African violets need little pruning other than to remove spent blossoms and dying leaves, but some trailing varieties can be pruned to promote branching.

African Violet Facts: African Violets are most often grown in temperate zones as a houseplant, but can be grown outside in some warmer climates. Their ability to grow in situations with entirely artificial lighting makes them a great flower for office buildings. African violet plants come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Most are small plants with leaves growing out from the crown in a radial pattern. Their flowers come in all shades of colors (true orange being the only color I have not seen). Their foliage can be various shades of green and sometimes variegated with cream, pink or white flecks and can come in a variety of shapes, from round to lance-like. Despite their name, they are more closely to the Cape Primrose than they are to any of the other plants that we call “violets.”

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