Giving up on African Violets

Photo is mine from a few years ago.
@BettyB (4221)
Summerville, South Carolina
September 8, 2016 1:24pm CST
I’ve always had a lot of African Violets. At one point I had close to twenty-five blooming all at once. I love the delicate little violets and never had trouble growing them. I knew I would have trouble with my plants when we bought this house, but other than a little darker than I like, it was perfect. I was right. Over the last year I’ve replaced several plants that bit the dust only to have the new ones die as well. It took me a while to accept the inevitable, but I finally reached that point. Larger plants like pothos and Christmas cactus do okay but I’ll never get African violets to bloom again as long as we live here. Rather than fight it, I cleaned up all my little flowerpots and gave them to a friend. One of her church’s biggest fundraisers is a yard sale held every October. Hopefully the pretty little flowerpots will find a new home.
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@Corbin5 (103332)
• United States
8 Sep 16
Yes, seems like a continued battle to save them would be futile. I can only grow philodendron. I kill all others.
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
8 Sep 16
I'm so glad I'm not the only one who struggles with house plants. As of this moment the only one alive is the philodendron.
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@BettyB (4221)
• Summerville, South Carolina
8 Sep 16
For now I'll be content with my hardier plants, but I continue to dream of a green house. Its not going to happen, but its fun to dream.
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@jaboUK (53539)
• United Kingdom
8 Sep 16
That's such a pity, but hopefully the church will benefit.
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@BettyB (4221)
• Summerville, South Carolina
8 Sep 16
They will. Their annual yard sale is popular.
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@simone10 (21664)
• Louisville, Kentucky
10 Sep 16
I'm so sorry you had to give up on them. I have never had any luck at all growing them. After a couple of tries, I gave up.
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@BettyB (4221)
• Summerville, South Carolina
10 Sep 16
They are a pretty houseplant. I know a lot of people have trouble growing them, but its the light that matters more than the green thumb.
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@simone10 (21664)
• Louisville, Kentucky
11 Sep 16
@BettyB Maybe that is where I went wrong. I don't think it had access to a lot of lighting.
@BelleStarr (37666)
• United States
9 Sep 16
I really have no house plants any longer, I do have two Gerber daisies and I am wondering what I a going to do with them when I go to Florida. I don't see myself carrying them into a hotel with me to keep them from freezing in the car lol/
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@BettyB (4221)
• Summerville, South Carolina
9 Sep 16
When you travel, having house plants doesn't work. I hope you find a friend to give them to.
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@BelleStarr (37666)
• United States
13 Sep 16
@BettyB I will need to find someone to adopt them!!
@Platespinner (16510)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
8 Sep 16
My mother loved her African violets...unfortunately bringing such across the border isn't legal so when they were rehomed I wasn't able to take any. Probably for the best, though, since I seem to have a black thumb when it comes to houseplants.
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@BettyB (4221)
• Summerville, South Carolina
8 Sep 16
I like flowering plants. At least the Christmas cactus still blooms on schedule.
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
8 Sep 16
@BettyB I do fine with flowering plants outdoor...but not indoors.
@marguicha (92166)
• Chile
8 Sep 16
Not all plants grow everywhere.
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@BettyB (4221)
• Summerville, South Carolina
8 Sep 16
Sad but true.
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@marguicha (92166)
• Chile
8 Sep 16
@BettyB I love to garden but in this house I have not been able to grow zuchinni. And in my other houses (in the same city) they grew like weed.
@DianneN (76154)
• United States
10 Sep 16
They definitely need the right light. What a shame you can't grow them anymore.
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@BettyB (4221)
• Summerville, South Carolina
10 Sep 16
I still have plenty of houseplants but I will miss the violets.
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@marlina (72823)
• Canada
9 Sep 16
I tried twice to grow African violets in the past and without success, so I gave up. Glad that you gave the cute flower pots for the yard sale.
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@BettyB (4221)
• Summerville, South Carolina
9 Sep 16
It's the lighting. If its right, they're easy to grow.
@JudyEv (121547)
• Bunbury, Australia
9 Sep 16
What a shame. I know African violets are a bit hard to grow. My mum used to have some.
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@BettyB (4221)
• Summerville, South Carolina
9 Sep 16
If the lighting is right, they're easy. They don't like direct sunlight but the room needs to be well lit.
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@Juliaacv (29682)
• Canada
8 Sep 16
I go thru fits and starts with being able to grow these also. I only have 1 alive in the house now, and it hasn't bloomed in a while, I should put a spike in it to get it going again.
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@BettyB (4221)
• Summerville, South Carolina
9 Sep 16
I still have two but I can't get them to bloom.
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• United States
8 Sep 16
aw, that's most sad! i've ne'er 'd any luck with growin' 'em here neither, gave 'p years 'go. i've lots 'f light'n the sun porch, but ne'er found 'em a happy place. i'm glad'ja donated those pots, somebody's gonna love 'em :)
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@BettyB (4221)
• Summerville, South Carolina
8 Sep 16
Someone will make use of them, I hope.
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@Lucky15 (33416)
• Philippines
8 Sep 16
They are so lovely!
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@BettyB (4221)
• Summerville, South Carolina
8 Sep 16
Thanks. I miss them.
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@garymarsh6 (13639)
• United Kingdom
8 Sep 16
I am sure that they will do someone a good turn plus earning some money for the church!
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@BettyB (4221)
• Summerville, South Carolina
8 Sep 16
They appreciated the contribution.
@responsiveme (14696)
• India
10 Sep 16
I never had success with African violets either...in my place they require a lot of care. Good to know you gave the plants to a friend.