Newbie Looking To Love African Violets...But I Need Advice!
I love african violets but I just wanted your advice on care, etc. I have questions and would really appreciate everyone's recommendations/insight so I can make sure I do the right thing in taking care of these beauties. So here goes:
Purchasing: I want to purchase the violet from a local plant shop. It's a very good shop and I've actually bought some of my plants from them. Is that fine or should I go to a store that specializes in violets? I'm not sure they exist but I live in NYC so maybe you all may have recommendations on where I can get them.
Light: I read that they like indirect sunlight. Is this true? I'm not sure what direction my window is facing (I just can't figure it out! lol), so I don't have that information. I also wanted to know if it will survive at work (I am in a cubicle and the only source of light would be artificial lighting). It is also quite cool inside. Will they do fine in that environment?
Water: I've read so many opinions on water so I don't know what the best approach to watering African Violets would be.
Is it best to water from the bottom every other day? Or should it be once a week?
Blooming: Do they bloom all year round?
Repotting: Should I repot the plant once I buy it from the store? Can it stay in the nursery pot forever? I'm guessing the nursery pots for AV's are usually 2 inches.
Plant food: Is it ok to use the plant food every time I water? I would be using 1/4 of liquid plant food per gallon of water. Is that fine? Can I use the plant food mixture if I have the violet at work (I'm asking because it won't be getting any natural light).
Sorry for asking so many questions but I just want to make sure I do the right thing.