The Q&A Archives: African Violet Not Blooming

Question: I have had an African Violet for a couple of years, but it hasn't bloomed for about a year even though the leaves are growing. I use Liquid Miracle-Gro African Violet Food each time I water. The plant has plenty of light but not direct sunlight. It is planted in The Perfect Violet Pot, a two piece planter with the soil in the top and the water in the bottom.
What can I do to get my African Violet to bloom again? It had beautiful blooms when I bought it.

Answer: If your plant hasn't bloomed for over a year, it may be just resting, or it may not be getting all of the required elements - here are some pointers on care: Give the plants average household temperatures, but avoid drafts or sudden changes in temperature. Place the plants in a bright window, but keep it from getting direct sunlight. Keep the soil moist, but wait until the soil surface begins to dry before watering. Use tepid, not cold water, and try not to get water on the leaves or crowns of the plants when you apply water. African violets like humidity in the air. To increase humidity, place the pot on a tray of pebbles in which you keep about a half-inch of water. As the water evaporates it will add humidity. Some expert gardeners are able to get African violets to bloom ten months of the year. This is because the plants are given perfect growing conditions. More often, though, African violets will bloom for a few weeks, then rest for several weeks, and then bloom again. Cut the flowers and stems off when the flowers fade. You can feed them about every two months with a complete houseplant fertilizer for blooming plants (read and follow the label directions), or with a special African Violet fertilizer.

For more specifics about how avid hobby and professional growers care for their violets you might enjoy the website for the African Violet Society of America. Enjoy your violets!

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