The Q&A Archives: African Violet's Leaves Unporportionately Long.

Question: Why are some of the leaves on my african violet so
unproportionally long? This did not happen until I
repotted in a ceramic pot.

Answer: The malformed leaves are probably due to circumstances other than the ceramic pot. Leaves are formed at the crown of the plant, and the crown could have been injured during transplant, or you may have planted it just slightly deeper than it grew before. Other possibilities include lower light conditions, too much fertilizer, low humidity, or potting soil that's neutral or alkaline (African violets thrive in acidic soils and like being pot-bound). If you recognize any of these possibilities as being the cause, you can take corrective measures to assure new leaves develop properly. There's little you can do about the long leaves other than exercise patience until they grow old and die off.

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