URGENT!! Is my violet dying?!
I've had it for a little over two years now, and its been perfectly healthy. The leaves grew in a bit messily and it always looked a tad cramped in the pot, but it always bloomed beautifully.
However, when I first moved into my new apartment about 5 months ago, I left it too close to the window on a rainy day and the leaves on the side closest to the window browned and shriveled. Since then, the violet hasn't been doing so great.
It still bloomed twice, but the leaves now curl around the sides of the pot. The violet also started having two spots where the leaves were growing out. I didn't realize at the time that they could split like that, so I left the two centers in the pot. The leaves were soft and droopy, and a strange greyish-green color. Not bright green like the babies I grew from the plant's leaves. The violet also wiggled around quite a bit at the base, something that concerned me quite a bit. Otherwise, the plant has not gotten better, nor worse. Until last night.
When I was coming home for christmas break, the violet fell off the car seat. one core of the plant fell out, the other stayed lodged in the dirt. I figured when it split, the one side was weaker than the other, and that was why it was wiggling. But when I went to plant them in new pots, I realized that both plants looked like this:
(sorry for the bad quality..)
The stems of the plant as a whole had become a long string of short stems, about... oh, I'd say four feet long with tiny stems about 2-3in long? This long strong of small stems was curled in a spiral at the bottom of the pot. When I took both halves of the violet out, this string had become completely detached and both halves had this short, funnel shaped root.
I've had these thick roots in a cup of water for about 10 minutes now, just so they wouldn't dry out, but I don't want to drown the plants. So if anyone could tell me what's wrong with them and how to fix it, please let me know as soon as possible!! I don't want my plant to die :(