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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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

How should you care for your African Violets?

Basic tips for growing African violets Materials to use One Part vermiculite, medium or fine grade. One Part perlite, medium grade. One Part Canadian Peat Moss or Violet Mix of your choice. Dolomite lime use two Tablespoon per gallon of mix. Some people add, bat droppings, and other ingredients, it is a personal preference but not necessary to grow healthy plants. Watering and Methods Keep plants moist to slightly on the dry side (not bone dry) not soaking wet all the time. Wick watering, or bottom watering with absorbable material on the bottom of trays. Top water your plants soil every time you water them. Light Light from either: Natural light - North windows are a good choice if possible, no direct sunlight. Artificial lighting (Fluorescent shop light) 6 - 18 inches from plants, depends what you are growing. Lights may stay on from 8-12 hours a day. HumidityThis is important, 50-65 you can mist your plants daily and keep pebbles in the bottom of your plants trays with water in them (plants would not be sitting directly in water all the time) or keep plants sitting on slightly damp towels or some sort of wicking material. Temperature 68 to 80 degrees is best but they can survive in warmer climates.

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.

What does a violet look like?

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

When do African violets bloom in the house?

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

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.

What is an African violet?

An African violet is a one crowned plant that produces beautiful flowers at around 6 months. An array of colors from yellow, pink,blue-purple, red, rose and much more. There are also trailing types of African violets.

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.