Latin name: Saintpaulia ionantha
Common Name: African violet
[Colours Available] White, all shades of purple, dark and light pink, blue and two-toned
Watering: Keep soil evenly moist. This plant prefers to be watered from the bottom. Place plant in a shallow dish or saucer of water and allow to drink, dumping excess water after 25-30 minutes.
Light Needs: Bright indirect light, (enjoys East, South or West exposure best)
Temperature: This plant needs it a little warmer than most. 60-85°F, 16-29°C
Humidity: Does not like to be misted, as its hairy leaves can easily rot. Can be placed on a pebble tray for extra moisture.
Soil- Dranage Etc: A strong soil that drains well yet retains moisture is best. A pot with a drainage hole is essential.
Feeding: Likes to be fed about once a month from spring to fall. Usually goes dormant in the winter and will not produce flowers.
Common Problems and How to Solve: African violets can attract mealy bugs, mites and aphids. Always make sure there are no bugs present before bringing the plant into your home. If a problem does develop, use a Safer’s Soap suited to the bug type, and treat according to bottle directions.
Safe for Pets?: Yes! African violets are not known to be poisonous to pets. However, if your pet has a reaction after consuming the plant, take a sample of it to your vet.
Special Care: Always remove dead flowers or yellowed leaves.