A is for African Violet

Monday Mar 28, 2011

A is for African Violet

Latin name: Saintpaulia ionantha Common Name: African violet Use: Houseplant [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.

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