Are you searching for a colorful plant to brighten winter’s dark days? Look no further than African violets. These small, cheery plants with fuzzy leaves have exquisite flowers in shades of blue, pink, white, and of course, violet.
African violets are easy to grow. Put them in a warm, slightly humid spot and these tough, beautiful plants will reward you with flowers for years.
CHOOSING AND CARING FOR AFRICAN VIOLETS:
- Choose a healthy plant that is flowering, with bright emerald leaves, so you get the color you want. Make sure it is in a pot with drainage holes.
- African violets need bright light, but not direct sunlight, which can burn the leaves. A north- or east-facing window is best. Keep the plant away from cold glass. Rotate the pot occasionally so all leaves receive light.
- African violets prefer the same temperatures most people find comfortable: between 70-80 degrees during the day, and around 65-70 degrees at night.
- Using room temperature water, fill the saucer well above the bottom of the pot. Let sit for about an hour and then pour the water out. Allow the plant to dry out between waterings.
- Fertilize with a water-soluble plant food made for African violets every 4 to 6 weeks in spring, summer and fall.
- African violets flower best when roots are crowded, so don’t rush to repot if your violet looks as though it has outgrown its container.