New to African Violet

dcfrankrAugust 12, 2012

I am a senior living in an assisted living situation. I have one African Violet that is well established, has bloomed the flowers have dropped and now I need information on keeping it alive. It looks healthy, but What I have read on several websites causes me some confusion. I use about 20 drops of the regular Miracle Growth Liquid food. I really can't afford to buy African Violet food. I usally water about once a week from the top making sure I don't get water on the plant itself.

Help! Help! Help!

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
nyxx(z7 Virginia)

Welcome. You didn't say how long you have had the plant. Since you say it is well established I will assume it is not a brand new plant. And if that is the case you have gotten it to bloom at least once so I'd say you are doing well. Everyone has their own way of doing things. What works great for some may not work at all for others. What you are doing is working well for you so as the saying goes,"If it ain't broke don't fix it". Now if it is a fairly new plant and those were the original blooms I would still continue as you are and see how it goes. Just be careful not to over water. Let the top layer of soil get dry before watering. My Grandmother would say the trick to a green thumb is a dirty finger. She suggested sticking the tip of your finger in the top layer to check if it needed watered.

I'm sure you will hear from others. And again welcome to the group =o)

    Bookmark   August 12, 2012 at 3:26PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Welcome dcfrankr ...

Like nyxx said, it sounds like you're doing fairly well with your violet. As she said, be careful not to overwater the plant.

Sounds like your fertilizer is working too.

The other issues to check ...


The plant will have to receive many (10-12) hours of sunlight/fluorscent light every day to bloom its best. A desklamp fitted with one of the new spiral CFL bulbs (daylight) can supply your plant with all of the light it needs. Also, an east, south, or west facing window will usually provide near-adequate light for your plant.


African Violets grow best in small pots. The pots should be no wider than 1/3rd the diameter of the plant's leaf-spread. Therefore, a 4 inch diameter pot is ideal for a 12 inch diameter plant. If you put your plants in bigger pots, the plant's water absorbing capacity will be exceeded and you will risk rotting the roots.

But keeping doing what you're doing and pay attention to light and pot-size also, and you should be successful with your African Violet.

Happy growing ...

    Bookmark   August 12, 2012 at 9:15PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
korina(9b, Sunset 17)

You don't have to use African violet food; any fertilizer where the three numbers are near each other (balanced) will be fine. If you're using Miracle Gro All Purpose Houseplant food, about 1/2 teaspoon per gallon of water should be enough, and use this every time you water; make sure not to let the pot sit in water, dump it out.

You don't say where you live, but in the desert keep it in a north-facing window; otherwise south or west will be good; keep an eye on it and if the leaves start looking bad, give it less light.

Remember, you can't call yourself an Av expert until you have killed a lot of them.

Good luck and have fun!

Korina, Av expert ;-)

    Bookmark   August 14, 2012 at 4:38PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
nyxx(z7 Virginia)

LOL Korina.

    Bookmark   August 15, 2012 at 12:39AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Just to clarify the light requirements.....INDIRECT sunlight is good, but DIRECT sunlight will cook the plant. If you have a sunny window, a sheer curtain would cut the light to the proper amount, or move it back from the window a bit.

Good to hear from you Korina!!


    Bookmark   August 18, 2012 at 11:52AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
propagate from a sliver
i was curious if anyone has had any success witj propagating...
Newbie at AV
I rescued this AV a few months ago, it was pretty sad...
Looking for miniature AV culture advice
Boy, that title should open me up to a comment or two....or...
Help! Limp brown stems of leaves
One of my new babies has been too wet and I read that...
African Violets -New to this, need ideas on plants selections!
I recently placed a few orders with PJ's Violets. I...
Sponsored Products
Home Decorators Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug: Home Decorators Collection Rugs
Home Depot
Plaid Outdoor Area Rug
$112.50 | FRONTGATE
Lippa Dining Side Chair Set of 4 in Red
$649.00 | LexMod
Alliyah Handmade Red New Zealand Blend Wool Rug (8' x 10')
Natural Coral Fleece Furniture Throw
$21.99 | zulily
Couristan Timeless Treasures Afghan Panel Rug - 47080032046066T
$299.00 | Hayneedle
Serena & Lily Hudson Crib
Serena & Lily
Okapi Stripe Runner 2'6" x 8' - TAUPE
$229.00 | Horchow
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™