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This is why your African Violets keep dying

Updated: Aug 13, 2018

One of the absolute best sellers in our store is an African violet. Read more to learn how to keep them alive once you have taken one of these beauties home!

These delicate plants come in more than just shades of purple! They come in pinks, purples, and whites. The petals of the flower can either be scalloped, or curved. The color can go from white in the middle to purple or pink at the edges.

How do I care for my African violet?

Simply ensure to water it every 2-3 days! When watering, you want to avoid getting water on the leaves. There are 2 simple ways to do this. The first way is by using a watering can with a long spout, and carefully slipping it between the leaves and watering directly on the soil underneath them. The second (possibly easier!) way to water one of these plants is to use a shallow dish, and fill it with about a half cup of water, and let the plant sit in it for 5 minutes to soak it up. This way only works when the container the plant is in has holes in the bottom!

African violets are usually partial to bright light, it helps them grow, and stay in bloom nicely as well. They do not need fertilizer to stay looking beautiful like the plants above, but if they do stop blooming you will need to get some! Any kind of flowering plant will lose its blooms every so often, and when it does, there are certain steps you can take to get it blooming again. For violets, they love fertilizer! You can go to any department store, or greenhouse and buy a liquid version of the fertilizer, this way you can ensure it is mixed well into the water before it gets poured on the plant. Do this once a week, and within about a month, your violet should start to flower again!


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