Brown Spots on African Violet Leaves

Emily_Ann(6)August 12, 2013

My african violets have recently developed brown spots on their leaves. I have three violets, and each seems to be developing these spots to some extent. Some of the spots are turning soft and appear to be rotting. Otherwise the plants seem to be very healthy. Any information on what this might be/what to do about it would be greatly appreciated!

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aegis1000

Emily,

Check for chloramines in your water supply. I've had these exact same issues this summer, and I'm watering with store-bought water now.

I ended up losing a couple plants which were, previously, doing really well, ... and I've a few more currently on life-support.

I hope that changing my water source does the trick.

Check it out ...

    Bookmark   August 13, 2013 at 10:13AM
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aegis1000

Examples ...

This plant used to be thriving ... with over twice as many leaves.

Now it looks like this. I hope I can get it turned around.

    Bookmark   August 13, 2013 at 11:09AM
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Emily_Ann(6)

Thanks, I'll definitely try that! Hopefully it will clear things up. Did you cut off all of the affected leaves?

    Bookmark   August 13, 2013 at 10:33PM
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Linda

Emily,

Always remove damaged leaves unless damaged leaves are the only leaves you have. In that case, damaged leaves are better than no leaves.

Linda

    Bookmark   August 14, 2013 at 12:52AM
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chiquib313

Is there a product that can be added to the water to remove the chloramines, like the drops used in aquariums to remove the chlorine? Will leaving the water out for several days in open containers remove or reduce the amount of chloramines in the water?

    Bookmark   August 14, 2013 at 8:36AM
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Linda

Chiq,
Chloramine does not dissipate like chlorine so leaving water sit will not help. If you read the thread 'Beware chloramines (in your water)', there is a lot of info there on treating chloramine water.

Linda

    Bookmark   August 14, 2013 at 1:35PM
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Emily_Ann(6)

Here's a pic of the violet with all of the damaged leaves removed. I looked up chloramine's effect on african violets and it looks a lot like what happened to mine, so hopefully that was the culprit. Thanks for the advice!

    Bookmark   August 14, 2013 at 9:49PM
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oglad

Helpful discussion but I don't get why my violet, after being watered in the same way, with the same water source, for many months would suddenly be developing all these brown areas, and when new buds are just forming too. Should I cut down dramatically on how much water I give it? Emily, did your switching to bottled water make a difference and save yours?

    Bookmark   March 12, 2014 at 8:29PM
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Linda

Check your local water supply for a start. From what I understand, many communities are switching to chloramine use.

Linda

    Bookmark   March 13, 2014 at 12:00AM
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