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Mini african violet is about to die... please help!

Posted by miniafricanviolet WI (My Page) on
Sun, Jul 7, 13 at 20:07

I bought my first african violet and it was in great shape! Now the leaves are turning purple and falling off and I can't figure out what I'm doing wrong. I'm afraid it will die any day now if I don't do something soon! Any input is greatly appreciated! Thank you so much!


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RE: Mini african violet is about to die... please help!

It's dead ... you likely kept it too wet.

We've all done it ...

African Violets soil should kept, at most, slightly damp.

Too much water in the soil will kill them.

I've had plants survive with little or no water for months, ... but they won't survive too much water.

Get yourself a new plant ... and just give it a little water (enough to dampen the soil) every week or so.


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RE: Mini african violet is about to die... please help!

Over watered. I don't gold much hope for it personally. Sorry.


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RE: Mini african violet is about to die... please help!

Also, in the photo, the potting mix looks much too heavy, so therefore it will stay too wet. I currently use the Miracle-Grow African Violet mix and I add perlite to it, two parts mix to one part perlite. That keeps the soil light and it drains well. I don't think your plant can be revived, but there are always more beautiful plants to buy, I hope you have success with the next one.


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RE: Mini african violet is about to die... please help!

Dear Mini,
Your little violet is now in plant heaven. Along with the others, I agree that it was kept too wet. Your pot is also too big which also contributes to soggy soil. Rule of thumb: pot size should be 1/3 the size of your violet no matter what size pot it came in. And, as Aegis says, we've all been there. Chalk it up to a learning experience and go buy another one. Good luck!

Linda


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RE: Mini african violet is about to die... please help!

Thank you all! I am thinking about going to buy some new soil today (if my plant is still alive) and I have stopped watering it as often and put some rocks in the bottom for drainage and to increase the humidity. So what do you guys think? Is my poor little violet still salvageable?


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RE: Mini african violet is about to die... please help!

Toss it. Sorry but it's basically a goner. We all lose plants from time to time.


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RE: Mini african violet is about to die... please help!

If you feel like experimenting, go ahead and try to save it. You will need a much smaller pot (like a pill cup size) and I don't think rocks are going to help. You need a light soil so your roots don't rot.
After you've re-potted in a smaller pot and better soil, put it in a plastic baggie or under a dome in good light. Let us know how it goes.

Linda


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RE: Mini african violet is about to die... please help!

Another thought-drainage, per se, is not your problem. Your soil is too heavy. You can have perfect drainage and if your soil is too heavy it holds on to water to the point the roots rot.

Linda


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