Series of unfortunate events..... help!
I have two African Violets given to me by my Grandfather after my Grandmother died two years ago. They are very precious to me as she was like a second mother. They were doing well but never bloomed and then the worst happened 6 mos ago...
I transplanted them to new pots (Now I know wrong season) and then used too harsh a brush on their leaves to clean them of cat fur. They were healing and returning to their perky selves when shortly after were knocked to the floor by the cats to lay out of soil for several hours. They were also slightly chewed.
It has been several months since then and they are barely holding on. I went to an indoor garden store where I was sold a light that was supposed to help with flowering - thing is I need them to just grow, I'm not concerned about flowering now and I think the light is burning them as I've read they do not like direct sun....
I need expert advice.
Their roots look in good shape. No rot, no pests. I believe I need a different soil and to re-pot but what soil? Can I order one online?
Additionally - I've recently acquired two pots specifically for African Violets. The top pot is removable and there is a fitted bowl you can add water to through a hole in the bottom piece. Water soaks in through the clay pot. I could replant them in that? I think it's too big for how small they've become.
I know not to water leaves and I have a light fertilizer that lists African Violets specifically. I only have north or south facing windowsills where Cats wont knock them....
I'm so desperate for your advice and fully prepared to learn and keep these plants long term to honor my Grandmothers love for them, even if these specific plants are not salvageable.
Thank you for your time!
(Photo attached is of the best looking plant. The other is at half this size.)