Mini african violet is about to die... please help!

miniafricanvioletJuly 7, 2013

I bought my first african violet and it was in great shape! Now the leaves are turning purple and falling off and I can't figure out what I'm doing wrong. I'm afraid it will die any day now if I don't do something soon! Any input is greatly appreciated! Thank you so much!

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Over watered. I don't gold much hope for it personally. Sorry.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2013 at 10:34PM
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It's dead ... you likely kept it too wet.

We've all done it ...

African Violets soil should kept, at most, slightly damp.

Too much water in the soil will kill them.

I've had plants survive with little or no water for months, ... but they won't survive too much water.

Get yourself a new plant ... and just give it a little water (enough to dampen the soil) every week or so.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2013 at 10:34PM
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perle_de_or(Zone 7)

Also, in the photo, the potting mix looks much too heavy, so therefore it will stay too wet. I currently use the Miracle-Grow African Violet mix and I add perlite to it, two parts mix to one part perlite. That keeps the soil light and it drains well. I don't think your plant can be revived, but there are always more beautiful plants to buy, I hope you have success with the next one.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2013 at 1:02AM
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Dear Mini,
Your little violet is now in plant heaven. Along with the others, I agree that it was kept too wet. Your pot is also too big which also contributes to soggy soil. Rule of thumb: pot size should be 1/3 the size of your violet no matter what size pot it came in. And, as Aegis says, we've all been there. Chalk it up to a learning experience and go buy another one. Good luck!


    Bookmark   July 8, 2013 at 1:40AM
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Thank you all! I am thinking about going to buy some new soil today (if my plant is still alive) and I have stopped watering it as often and put some rocks in the bottom for drainage and to increase the humidity. So what do you guys think? Is my poor little violet still salvageable?

    Bookmark   July 13, 2013 at 2:25PM
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Toss it. Sorry but it's basically a goner. We all lose plants from time to time.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2013 at 3:23PM
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If you feel like experimenting, go ahead and try to save it. You will need a much smaller pot (like a pill cup size) and I don't think rocks are going to help. You need a light soil so your roots don't rot.
After you've re-potted in a smaller pot and better soil, put it in a plastic baggie or under a dome in good light. Let us know how it goes.


    Bookmark   July 13, 2013 at 4:19PM
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Another thought-drainage, per se, is not your problem. Your soil is too heavy. You can have perfect drainage and if your soil is too heavy it holds on to water to the point the roots rot.


    Bookmark   July 14, 2013 at 2:10AM
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