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Saintpaulia ionantha - African Violet


8 to 12 hours of bright, indirect light every day for best growth and flowering

Well drained, slightly acidic. Use a soil mix formulated for violets

Evenly moist

2 to 6 inches (5.1-15.2 cm) tall and as wide

Pink, purple, rose, white, red, single, double, fringed or ruffled
Possible Problems

Mealybugs, spider mites, thrips, crown rot


African violet hybrids come in various sizes from large plants to miniatures of only 2 inches (5.1 cm) tall. Direct sunlight can burn the leaves, so try to keep the light bright yet indirect. Prefer night temperatures between 65 to 70 degrees F (18.3-21.1 C) and daytime temperatues up to 80 degrees F (26.67 C). Cold water can spot the leaves so it is best not to water from above. Good drainage is essential. Sudden wilting signals crown rot, usually caused by inconsistent watering or severe temperature fluctuations. If plant doesn't flower well, it may be getting too little light or reacting to air that is too cold or dry. Feed light, but regular, appplications of soluble fertilizer, or fertilizer formulated specifically for African violets monthly.


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