The Q&A Archives: African Violet dying

Question: My african violet leaves are starting to droop. The new flower buds are dying before they even bloom. I have it in a self watering pot and it sits about 6 feet away from an east window. Any advice on how to revive it?

Answer: I think the soil is remaining too wet. I purchased just the kind of pot you describe and have been using it successfully for about three months. It's a two-piece container. The bottom is glazed inside and out and the top is glazed only around the rim. The idea behind the pot is that you can fill the bottom with water and the unglazed insert will absorb water as the soil in the top of the pot dries. I also had the same reaction as you're having when I first used it. The soil seemed way too wet and the plant kept tipping to the side. I solved the problem by removing the top part and setting it on the rim of the sink for a day or two until most of the water drained from the soil but the soil was still moist. Then I filled the bottom part of the container with water and set the top part back on it. It's been working great ever since! You might want to do the same. Good luck with your new plant!

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