The Q&A Archives: Brown Spots On African Violets

Question: I have brown spots on the leaves of my African violets. They are blooming and I have been watering them weekly from the bottom so the leaves don't get wet. What is wrong?

Answer: There are several possible reasons for the symptoms you describe: dry air, too much sun, and incorrect watering.
Is there any possibility of pests on your violet? Inspect the leaves, looking for any residue, webbing, mold, insects, etc. Try to provide even temperatures, bright light, (but not strong sunlight), keep the soil moist but not soggy, and use tepid water at the soil line rather than pouring water directly over the leaves. They need high humidity, so place the plant on a tray filled with pebbles and put water in the tray once a week. Or, mist with a fine spray regularly. You can feed them about every two months with a complete houseplant fertilizer (read and follow the label directions), or with a special African Violet fertilizer. Hope this helps.

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