African violet plants are super fun to grow mainly because they do very well indoors and add a pop of color to your space! Unlike other houseplants, African violets look more like something you'd plant outdoors, but these beautiful flowers tolerate the indoors just as well. If you're interested in learning how to care for African violets, keep reading our easy to follow gardening guide below!
How to Care for African Violets Indoors
African violets require a good quality, well draining soil. For the most part, regular potting soil is adequate, or you can make your own potting mix by mixing equal parts peats moss, vermiculite, and perlite.
These plants don't like cold water, so make sure to always use room temperature water or tepid water and always water at the base, never on the foliage. Never let African violets stand in water OR completely dry out. These plants are very finicky when it comes to watering! Always be sure tow water from the bottom, and try your best not to let the water touch the green leaves. Water on the leaves could lead to a dead plant. Make sure your African violet plant has a saucer underneath its pot to catch excess water, and that the pot has adequate drainage holes. Water African violets once soil is dry.
For the perfect lighting, place your African violet flowers about 3 feet from a south-facing or west-facing window. Turn the plant every few hours so that sun will reach it from every angle. Your African violet should receive at least 8 hours of sunlight per day. African violets usually prefer indirect light.
Fertilize your plant with a special African violet plant food or a higher phosphorous number (the middle number in the NPK fertilizer ratio) as 15-30-15. Mix the fertilizer at one-quarter strength and use at every watering. If you see a reduction in flowering or paler leaf color, that means that your flowers aren't receiving enough fertilizer.
Once the flowers are spent, pinch the blooms off. This will encourage new growth.
So now that you know how to care for African violets, it's time to roll up your sleeves and get to planting!
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