How to care for your African Violet (Santpaulia)
The ever popular African violet is easy to care for and can add color to an otherwise plain room. With a variety of colors available, it’s easy to pick a color, or a combination of colors to brighten up any area in your home. They can easily be used as centerpieces or just to decorate a kitchen window. But the trick to getting the most out of these vibrant flowers is proper care.
- Moderately Easy
things you’ll need:
- African Violet plant
- African violet soil & fertilizer
- Propagating an African violet through leaf cutting.
There are two ways to get your plant. The first, and most obvious, is to buy one. Inspect the plant for insects and spots on the leaves that would indicate a plant that may not be as well cared for as it should be. Another way to get a plant is to propogate one yourself. African violet propogation is extremely simple. Look for a healthy leaf and snip it off at the base of the leaf. Cut this leaf in half and place the cut end near the surface in a pot with new soil, add water, and in around three weeks you should see roots.
- Choose a pot for your propogation that is on the smaller side, for instance a 4" pot. Purchase an African violet potting mix and fertilizer. If you bought your violet, repot it, and water thoroughly. However, never allow water to touch the leaves of your African violet. The best way to water is to place a saucer under the pot and add water, which will be absorbed through the soil.
- After watering, place your plant in an eastern facing window. This is the best light for your violet, and if you find that your plant isn’t flowering as much as it should be, you probably have it in the wrong window. As for temperature, the best rule to follow is if you are comfortable, your plant probably is too. Generally, this species likes 65-85 degree F temperatures.
- African violets can add warmth to any home. Enjoy your plant. Look for ways to use them in entertaining and decor, and as always, never overwater your plant.