African Violet
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How to care for
African Violet

About African Violet

African Violets are one of the most beloved houseplants for good reason. Exquisite violet flowers bloom from the stunning evergreen foliage to produce unmatched radiance.  Potted in a premium quality self-watering pot with a soft matte finish, this stunning plant is compact and low-growing, reaching up to nine inches tall and wide.

Other common names

  • Saintpaulia ionantha
  • Usambara Violet

African Violet Light Needs

African violet grows best in a space with bright indirect light, where the sun rays are diffused, and can also adapt to spaces with medium to low light. Avoid placing it in spaces without natural light or with direct sunlight.

African Violet Plant Care

To help it grow optimally and evenly, occasionally dust the leaves and rotate the pot by a ¼ turn once a month. You may prune the stems and flowers when they dry up to assist the new growth.

Temperature & Humidity

African Violets prefer warm and humid conditions. They thrive in environments that sit at roughly 70°F (21°C). Don’t let temperatures fall below 60°F (15°C) as the African Violet will have a hard time growing in those conditions. Additionally, make sure to avoid temperature and humidity fluctuations, including sudden drafts to keep your plant healthy.

How Often Should I Water My African Violet

With easyplant, watering your African Violet is simple. Make sure to fill the easyplant reservoir once a month and you’re all set!

Are African Violet Toxic for Pets & Kids?

It should come as a major relief for plant lovers and parents that the African Violet is not considered toxic to pets or children. As with all plants, it’s important to remain cautious when dealing with plants as touching and ingesting them can still cause certain reactions.

Troubleshooting Common Problems with African Violet

If your African Violet is not producing those stunning violet flowers, it’s likely a result of not getting enough light, warmth, and/or humidity. In this case, try moving the plant to a brighter spot or using fluorescent lighting to give it more light. And if the temperature and humidity in the room don’t seem to be enough, try moving your African Violet to a spot with more humid conditions like the bathroom or kitchen.