Lovely African Violets Gardening in Spain
African violets are one of the easiest indoor plants to grow once you are aware of a couple of their very simple requirements📌. Spanish Gardening Books selection
African violet (Saintpaulia)
This one of those rare house plants that will flower continuously all year long, even through the dark winter months, and add colour and cheer to any area you put them.
In fact, African violets are one of the easiest indoor plants to grow once you are aware of a couple of their very simple requirements.
They naturally like filtered light and temperatures that most houses have on a year-round basis, and provided you know a few key other things there is no reason you cannot have a house full of colourful, velvety, African violets for years to come.
So if you have ever struggled with African violets, follow these 6 key tips, and you will be amazed how well they will respond.
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6 Afria Violet Key Tips:
1. Give them the temperatures they like which are:
18° to 24° C (65° to 75° F) daytime temperatures,
15° to 18° C (60° to 65° F) nighttime temperatures.
Any hotter or colder and they will not do well. Avoid temperature fluctuations, including sudden drafts.
Always avoid any hot or direct sunlight. It will scorch the plants and cause leaf blemishes and burns. Think about their natural habitat which is underforest canopies.
So the better the sunlight you give your African violets without it being direct, hot sun, the more often it will flower for you.
During the winter months, when the sunlight is weaker, your African violets plants may benefit from the light of a southern exposure.
And remember, African violets also do well with artificial light, such as in an office – they are quite flexible plants.
The fastest way to kill African violets is to overwater them!
African violets need to stay evenly moist at all times so the best way to water them is from underneath using room temperature water.
Use a container that has a saucer. When you feel the soil and it is starting to dry out, simply fill the saucer underneath a few times.
When your African violets plant has had enough, it will stop soaking up the water in the saucer.
Make sure to empty any unused water! Do not let your plant sit in a saucer full of water; it will drown. Also, do NOT mist the foliage. Water spots on the foliage may cause permanent leaf spotting.
4. If you use African violet pots.
African violet pots are special pots that come in two separate pieces.
If you want to use African violet pots, then plant your violet directly into the top portion of the pot.
The trick here is even though the instructions for these pots tell you to fill the lower portion and leave the water there, DON’T do it!
When your violet is dry, just pour water into the lower pot, put the top pot in for about an hour or until the plant is nicely moist, then pour out any unused water. Leave the lower pot dry until it is time to water again.
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5. African violets like fertilizer.
African violets will flower more often if you feed them regularly. A balanced, liquid fertilizer (i.e. 10-10-10) works fine.
After you have mixed the fertilizer with water, let the container stand overnight to let the chlorine in the water evaporate, and to bring the water to room temperature.
This is important because African violets do not like cold water or chlorine.
6. Repot your African violets every six months to one year.
The soil you use must have excellent drainage. This is critical.
You can mix your own soil using 1/3 peat moss, 1/3 vermiculite and 1/3 perlite. Secondly, use the right sized pot because all Saintpaulia must be potbound to flower.
An African violet’s root system is only about 1/3 of the diameter of the plant so choose a pot that is 1/3 the diameter of the plant.
Choosing the proper sized container helps prevent root rot because if you use too large and deep a pot, it will lead to excess moisture in the soil and the roots will die
If one of your African-violets has developed a neck, which is that bare place where the leaves have been taken off, make sure to repot your plant as soon as possible, and make sure the neck is covered with soil when it has been replanted.
It will then grow new roots along the newly buried neck area.
One last note – African violet plants are pet friendly and they are not toxic to animals, so you can have as many as you want throughout your home. African violets are very satisfying to have around because they have such a lush appearance with their velvety leaves and glittering flowers, so if you have a record of killing houseplants, give it one more try with an African violet!
An easy way to refresh an overgrown African violet.
There are plenty of videos out there on how to grow an African Violet from a leaf, or how to replant it deeper in the pot, but this video shows you how to plant the core or crown of the violet.
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