African Violets

One of the best known and recognized of all the common houseplants, African Violets are grown in the windowsills of many kitchens. Questions here include topics such as lighting, watering, proper soil, fertilizing, popularity, and propagation, as well as showing African Violets as a hobby, how to get started and finding shows.

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Can an African violet clone itself?

no.

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What happened when violet seeds fall into soft soil?

they will most likely germinate and start new plants

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What color make violet?

combine red and blue to make it violet

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What does an African violet seed pod look like?

It looks like a tiny baby green apple, with a long green stem. I'd also compare it to a small green bell pepper looking thing. Its hard to describe, if i were u I'd simply go-ogle search it and hit images.

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What do you do if your African violets get sun burned?

All you can do is cut off the worst looking leaves, the good thing is new leaves will grow back in a month or so.

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What do African violet seeds look like?

The seeds from an African violet are light tan to a light brownish color, very tiny, much smaller than the top of a sewing pin head.

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How are the seeds of the African tulip dispersed?

It is dispersed by wind as it has a wing-like structure

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How long do African Violets flowers normally live for?

Some varieties of African violet flowers can live a week although the flower usually starts to turn brown and will wilt.

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How many petals do violets have?

An African violet has five petals.

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Can you grow your African violet outside?

No, African violets thrive better indoors because of possibilities of insect infestation and they are sensitive to extreme weather changes. There are some outdoors violets but these are not African violets. They produce small purple blossoms, these are wild violets.

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How many different colors of African violets are there?

Now days there's a rainbow of colors and varieties; Purple, light purple to blue, all shades of pink, including fantasy (darker speckles on flowers) there are even yellow flowers now, white, pink and white, purple and white, very dark purple/black almost.

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Do African Violets like low light?

No, violets will survive in low light but they will not have lush green leaves and will not flower.

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How should you care for your African Violets?

Yes

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Why do African violets get brown spots?

From the interaction between very bright light and water left on leaves African violets [Saintpaulia spp] get brown spots. Specifically, the spots represent areas of permanent damage to the leaf. Water droplets may be there because of a spraying or a watering. But they must be removed ... carefully, with a soft tissue.

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Does the leaf of an African violet have a hairy surface?

yes, some what.

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What does a violet look like?

To put it simply a violet looks like a purplish blue color with square, triangle shaped leaves.

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What are some common pests that African violets get?

Some common pests that invade African violets are; soil mealie bugs are the most common and troublesome, thrips, gnats, and mites, other problems would be botritis, fungus rot, powdery mildew. You can cut down on pests by spraying them with Neem oil once a month, found in a hardware store, also is a good leaf shiner and nourishes the foliage.

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How often do African violets bloom?

This depends on the variety, amount of light, fertilizer, and the plant it receives. Some African violet plants bloom every month and hold their blooms for long periods of time before it whithers and dies which is refered to as a sticktite blossom. Other varieties only bloom two times a year.

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Are African violets poisonous to children?

No. If eaten they might give a stomach ache and diarea though.

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Who sells African violet self watering pots?

These can be found online by typing in your browser, African violet self watering pots. These are available in ceramic, or plastic, many of our hardware stores or nurseries carry them also.

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How does the pollen reach the ovule in African violets?

Usually this is done by hand, the sac is very hard and needs to be carefully cut open by using a sharp exacto knife in order to display the powdery pollen. A small brush, q-tip or similar is used to transfer the pollen to the stigma.

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What does African violet represent?

They represent your love for one another.

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What do African violet roots look like?

The root system of an African violet Houseplant are fine, tan colored. Wild violets that grow outside have a little different root system, are a little thicker and hardier for outside weather conditions.

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When do African violets bloom in the house?

African violets can be grown to flower all year round indoors.

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What is 'fertilizer burn' in African violets?

Feeding the plant with too much fertilizer is the cause of 'fertilizer burn' in African violets [Saintpauliaspp].

The visual clues to 'fertilizer burn' are found in the young leaves in the center of the crown. The leaves bunch together. Their hairs look brown-tipped, from the fertilizer salts crystallizing on the hairs of the leaves.

The gardener's responsibility is as follows:

1. Leave the damage as is. African violets are fragile. So the leaves must be allowed to grow out before the damage is removed.

2. Flush the soil with warm water, to remove excess fertilizer.

3. Wash the center crown with warm water, and dry with a very soft tissue.

4. Follow your watering schedule, but with room temperature water, so as to discourage the development of root rot.

5. Don't fertilize for four [4] to six [6] weeks.

6. Be very conservative and sparing with fertilizer until the damage is gone.

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