Question: What does the average woman have in common with an African Violet?
Answer: We're both divas!
Now don't take that the wrong way, ladies! I just mean that we know what we like and we might just be a tad picky about what we like...
...and I am right there with you!
...and I am right there with you!
African Violets are little houseplant divas. You might think they're difficult to grow, but the reality is that when they get what they like, they are very happy and the results are beautiful, healthy, gorgeous African Violets that will bloom repeatedly with very little effort on your part.
I am by no means a green thumb! However, I have figured out two simple tricks for growing beautiful African Violet houseplants and want to share them with you. Affiliate links are included for your convenience. My full disclosure policy is available here.
The first thing to know is that violets do not like to be watered from the top. They like to drink from their roots. They really need to have a proper African Violet pot...special pots just for them (I told you they were divas!). I have a large African Violet that is growing in one of these special pots and it has more than doubled in size since I planted it just over a year ago.
The pots are made of two parts...an absorbent, pottery-like inner piece (which the violet is actually planted into) sitting inside of a glazed, decorative pot. You water it by lifting out the plant (ie: the inner pot) and pouring water into the outer pot and then setting the plant back down inside. The absorbent inner pot takes in water as it needs it so the violet never goes thirsty. This special pot also keeps the plant from drowning (as many of us plant lovers tend to over-water our house plants and literally 'love them to death').
I've found nice African Violet pots rather difficult to find, but Amazon seems to have a good selection.
I think the reason my smaller violet hasn't grown any bigger is that it's still in its original pot from Home Depot. I've been lazy and haven't found a proper pot for it yet. Seeing how big my other one has grown has motivated me to do it soon though!
The second really important thing to know about African Violets is their light preferences. They are very finicky about how much they get and when they get it (divas, I told you!). You just need to remember a couple of important things if you want them to bloom repeatedly:
- When they have no flowers, they love being in the spotlight (ie: bright, sunny window).
- Once they have flower buds, they get a little shy and want to be moved to a location with filtered light.
If you can remember to water them from the bottom only, and to keep them in a sunny window until you see flower buds forming, I can almost guarantee that your African Violets will be blooming for you on a regular basis too!
These are such beautiful little houseplants and so easy to grow when you know these simple little tricks! Of course, houseplants like to be fed too. I use Schultz 10-15-10 concentrated Plant Food that is good for all your houseplants (just 7 drops per quart is all you need).
If you've previously been intimidated by growing African Violets, I hope you'll give them a chance!! Try my tricks and come back and let me know how they worked for you!
bringing beauty to the ordinary,
If you enjoyed this post, I curated a board on Hometalk recently that's all about houseplants...both growing and caring for them. I hope you'll go check it out here. Here's a sampling of what you'll find.