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Top 10 Questions About African Violets

Here at Gardening Know How we get lots of questions, and our goal is to provide answers to those inquiries to the best of our knowledge, and this includes commonly grown houseplants like the African violet. Below are the 10 most commonly asked questions about African violet plants. We hope you find the answers you are seeking here to help keep your African violet beautiful and healthy.

1. How do I fix limp, droopy African violets?

Limp, droopy African violets are the result of overwatering.
In fact, soil that is too wet can lead to crown
rot
. You’ll want to act quickly to save the plants. Remove the plants from
their soil and rinse off the roots to get rid of fungal spores, then dust with
fungicide. Repot the plant in a container that absorbs extra water, like a
terra cotta pot. Change the growing medium to a grittier mix to give the plant
better drainage. Be sure that the drainage holes are open. Keep the African
violet in the shade for a few weeks and reduce the water you give it.

2. Why doesn’t my African violet bloom?

Is your plant getting enough sunlight? An African
violet plants
require lots of filtered bright light to flower. If your
plant is not getting this kind of sunlight, move it to a location where it can.
If you aren’t feeding the plant, give it some special African violet
fertilizer. Alternatively, give the plant a little extra phosphorus by adding
bone meal to the soil to support flowering.

3. How to treat powdery mildew on African violets?

Powdery mildew is caused by a fungus. You’ll want to use a
non-toxic fungicide to treat
powdery mildew on African violets
. Alternatively, neem oil also does a good
job of getting rid of powdery mildew in plants.

4. Why are leaves curling on African violet?

African violets curl their leaves
when something isn’t to their liking. If you irrigate them with water that is
too cold, you’ll see their leaves curling. Too much or too little water also
causes curling. Another reason for curling leaves is the presence of mites on
the plant, but it can also be inadequate light.

5. How to deadhead the flowers on an African violet?

Deadheading
African violets can’t be a quick and dirty operation since these plants are
extremely sensitive to change. Take your time and plan on snipping a little
every day. The first day, cut the flower off at the point where it joins the
stem. Over the next few days, cut the stem back a little each day as it dies.
That gives the plant the chance to take back the nutrients in the stem.

6. What type of light does the African violet need?

Your African
violet
needs plenty of filtered light, but never direct sunlight. Be sure
your plant is getting bright to medium intensity light. For example, you can
place your plant 3 feet (1 m.) from a south-facing or west-facing window to get
the violet appropriate light. If your plant has dark green foliage, give it
higher light levels than pale green foliage. Use fluorescent lights if
necessary.

7. Can African violets get aphids?

Like so many plants, African violets can get aphids. Look
for them on the underside of the leaves. They’ll be in clusters, usually green
or black. Treat your infected plant with neem oil to get
rid of the aphids
. It also works for spider mites.

8. Should I repot my African violet?

If your African
violet is leggy
and growing out of the pot, you can repot it in a slightly
largely container. You can also use the leaves of the plant to start growing
new plants.

9. How to propagate an African violet plant?

You can start growing
a new African violet plant
by putting an old leaf in a new pot. Be sure the
leaf node is touching the soil. You can also find a “pup” (or small
plant) growing at the stem of the plant. These pups can also be transplanted to
form new plants.

10. Can you divide an African violet plant?

Yes, you can divide
an African violet plant
when it gets large. To divide it, first cut away
the crown from the plant. You want each divided portion to retain a piece of
the root system. Transplant each rooted division into small pots filled with
African violet potting mix.

We all have questions now and then, whether long-time
gardeners or those just starting out. So if you have a gardening question, get a
gardening answer
. We’re always here to help.

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