How to Clean African Violet Self-Watering Pots

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The African Violet, also known as "Saintpaulia," is a tropical plant that is typically grown as an indoor houseplant in the United States. These plants thrive on high humidity and moist root systems, but foliar and soil surface waterings can cause rot or disease. Self-watering pots solve this problem by inserting the violet pot into another pot containing water so that the roots of the African violet soak up their required moisture from below. The outer pot used in this watering method needs to be cleaned at least once per month.



things you’ll need:
  • Rag
  • Sink
  • Bleach
  • Scrubber sponge
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Towel
    1. Lift out the inner pot that contains the African violet and wipe the exterior bottom and sides with a damp rag to remove any mineral deposits. Set the inner pot aside.
    2. Pour out the water from the lower pot.
    3. Fill a sink with a mixture of 9 parts warm water to 1 part bleach. Create enough of the mixture so that the African violet pot is completely submerged.
    4. Set the outer pot in the bleach solution and allow it to soak for 10 minutes. Drain the bleach water out of the sink.
    5. Apply 1 to 2 tsp. of liquid dish soap to a scrubber sponge and wash the inside and outside of the pot to remove any remaining debris and the bleach residue.
    6. Rinse the pot thoroughly in fresh water to remove all traces of soap.
    7. Dry the pot with a clean towel and refill it with 1/2 to 1 inch of fresh cold water. Place the inner pot back into the outer pot.

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