Tricks for African Violets.

@coolseeds (3921)
United States
May 11, 2008 4:55pm CST
This is a beneficial tip to growing african violets. Keep them in small pots if you want them to flower. In their natural habitat they live in rock crevices. They produce flowers when the roots feel restricted. Therefore producing seed and continuing the species. Do you have any tips for african violets?
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@slickcut (8141)
• United States
12 May 08
I love african violets..I can grow them easily for some reason they seem to like me...I use to have about 20 plants and i had a window that i kelp them in..I have even rooted them and made new plants..You are right,they love their little pots..I know that you never touch their leaves with water,you only water the from the bottem,and always remove leaves that die...I always fed mine with african violet food...To root them and make a new plant ,you take a healthy root,and plant it in good soil water from the bottom and watch it take root...
@coolseeds (3921)
• United States
16 May 08
Good tips. African violet food can easily be found in stores. Plants need their vitamins just like us. Thank you for your advice. 20 of them... hmmm that must have been a big window.
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• Canada
16 May 08
My dear friend that had the plethora of A. Violets, just rooted the leaves! Cut a leaf off, some stem, with a clean, sharp knife, insert in starter medium, water with warm water, from bottom, cover with a clear sandwich bag, put on top of fridge (for bottom heat)..Voila, a new plant of the same species. Cheers.
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@slickcut (8141)
• United States
16 May 08
Actually it was a regular window, and i put shelves across the window all the way down.I think i had 6 shelves across the window.I had lots of violets and it made a really pretty window scene..
@Hatley (164338)
• Garden Grove, California
12 May 08
I love african violets but have had a hard time keeping them alive. I think I overwater them. I wish I did have some tips but instead I really need some tips. I know you are suppose to water them from below and not get the leaves wet.I have always kept them in small pots too.
@coolseeds (3921)
• United States
16 May 08
One of the best tips for growing african violets is to get a violet pot or place the pot into a saucer full of water. Then replace the water it when it gets dry. They will do great in a large pot. However they will not produce flowers. The roots have to be constricted for them to bloom.
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
12 May 08
Hey thanks for the tips. I will have to try this. Does this work with any other flowers besides the african Violets? Sorry I don't have any tips for the African violets.
@coolseeds (3921)
• United States
16 May 08
It applies to some flowers but not all. You can kill some plants by restricting the roots and watering them with warm water.
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
16 May 08
Thanks for the heads up so I wouldn't be killing all my flower trying to do that to them. Have a good day and don't forget to take time to smell the flowers.
@pergammano (7755)
• Canada
12 May 08
Alady whom had phenomenal African Violets told me that she always waters them with "warm water" from the bottom, as they like warm roots, which goes hand in hand with your tip....rocks would keep the roots warm. Cheers!
@coolseeds (3921)
• United States
16 May 08
What a great tip. Thanks for passing on the information.
@Deea48 (1168)
• United States
12 May 08
My African Violet was doing very well for the longest time, but right now it seems to be struggling, I think I will try a few of the things suggested here. I miss its pretty blooms.
@coolseeds (3921)
• United States
16 May 08
Good luck. I hope you can get it back into shape. How long have you had it? Did you do anything different before it started struggling?