Hi, I have a violet that's over 20 years old. Had it since 1994 from a friend, given to me in a plastic mixing bowl which it is still in now, it has not been replanted/potted all this time. I have only given plant food probably 3 times in the past 14 years, I don't pluck the dead blooms, they eventually fall off into the pot I guess. I water it about once a week, mostly when I see the leafs go limp because I forget but then give it a half glass of water, about 2 cups and it does fine. I recently took a couple cuttings and trading one to a friend in Arkansas for one of hers which is what brought me to this forum.