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Violet (Saintpaulia) plants are a popular species of houseplant, native to East Africa. Known for their striking
resemblance to violets, African Violets have become a household favorite due to their resilience and easiness to
grow. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned grower, African Violets are a joy to work with and look at.
Generally, African Violets will grow anywhere from 2” to 6” tall and 2” to 12” wide. However, there are some
giant African Violets out there, with diameters well over a foot. African Violet leaves have tiny hairs and a
lush green appearance. They also typically have 5 or more petals, each with an elegant look.
We recommend these amazing plants to both beginner growers and experienced growers alike. Not only are they
beautiful, they are usually inexpensive as well.
Theoretically, African Violets can live indefinitely. In practice, if well cared for, African Violets can easily
live for decades. It all depends on how well they are taken care of. The reason African Violets decline is
usually due to grower error, not because of the plant itself.
To ensure that your African Violet lives a long and healthy life, it is important to learn the necessary care
information for these wonderful plants.
Much like with Orchids, we recommend that you fertilize your African Violet regularly. Fertilizer helps deliver
important nutrients that are essential for strong root growth, healthy leaves, and beautiful blooms. We carry a
popular, balanced, 20-20-20
fertilizer, as well as a phosphorus rich (encourages more flowers) 12-36-14
fertilizer for African Violets.
For more information on fertilizing your African violets, please visit our page on Feeding your African
Yes you can! This method is called propagation by
leaf, and we have a guide on it here.
Creating new violets from leaves is a great way to expand your collection without the need to buy more plants.
Plus, it’s just a fun hobby!
Typically, we want our African Violets to get a full day (11-14 hours) of indirect sunlight. Recall, indirect
sunlight is not the same thing is direct sunlight. Indirect sunlight refers to placing your African Violet in a
bright windowsill or somewhere else where the sun won’t be beaming down on it directly.
At night, let your African Violet relax in the dark. Darkness acts as a bloom cue for these plants, so it’s
important that they get an ample amount of time without bright lights. We recommend no less than 8 hours of darkness each
Read more about African Violet lighting here.
African Violets enjoy growing in temperatures ranging from 65 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. When in doubt, it is
safer to be warm then cool when it comes to these plants. For more information on climate control for your
African Violets, click
“This fall I religiously followed your advice, creating an environment of shortened
days and lower temps in order to encourage blooming...I was successful. FINALLY!! Thank you, thank you!!
Both of my plants decided to bloom and they look beautiful. I wanted to share the good news and
my gratitude with you. Thanks again!”Laurie J.
“The potting medium you sent is gorgeous!! It's superior to the bark I've been
buying at Lowe's. I can't imagine what (my orchids) will do when I put them in your potting mix. It even
smells fresh!! Many, many thanks. I'll be ordering from you again.”
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