Watering African violets
How do you all water yours? I know they are so picky about water, not too much, not too little but I don't know what *that* is. When I water decently, I am scared that the soil is too soaked and would give them root rot. When I water with less, then I worry if I even watered it enough and if THAT is gonna be an issue.
I water from the top. I don't know much about how to water from the bottom. I do not want to use wicks. Is there another way?
All this I am asking because...A few years ago ALL my african violets i had purchased from a grocery store succumbed to root rot.
Though it seemed to happen after I brought one home that had powdery mildew all over. I didn't realize what this was. But now I think it spread and killed the others?
My last remaining one died when was left at my father's house and he forgot to water it. When he did water it, he over watered it. And shortly after it died.
Fast forward to last late summer/early fall. I decided to give it another shot and bought a very large one with with pink and purple blooms. Very lovely!
Well right after I got it, eeekk it started dropping leaves and I thought omg how could it have gotten THIS that fast? I think maybe it was reacting to a new environment perhaps. I moved it to my bedroom by the heater and it recovered. Even had sooo many blooms . It was covered in them. But then it got aphids! I picked them off everyday.
Finally I bought a systemic to use on my hibiscus that also had this non stop aphids.
I used it on my African Violet too.
And within a weak it was wilted all over =(
I don;t know if the system was too strong for it and did this,(it was for shrubs and hibiscus after all) or if the extra rinsing of water you gotta do gave it root rot.
I removed it from the soil and most the roots were yellow or brown. I removed all the wilted leaves(which was pretty much all but 4) cut off all the dead roots and have had it in a water ever since till it gets more roots and repot.
I ordered some new AVs from a site. I love them. But I am very scared of the same thing happening to them.
Not knowing if it was the watering or the insecticide that killed this one.
Sorry for the looong post.
Thanks anyone :)