Withered African Violet Buds - Knowledgebase Question

Forest Hills, NY
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Question by nagababian6
August 2, 2000
Several new, healthy blooming African violet plants in good light and attended watering conditions have completely stopped blooming (a year a more?) and continually sprout tiny buds that dry and wither before they become blooms. The leaves look perky and happy, what could be the problem?

Answer from NGA
August 2, 2000
The most common reasons for non-flowering include insufficient light, especially in winter, dry air, cold air, and failure to remove side shoots. Here are some general care guidelines for growing African violets: Provide average household warmth with a minimum of 60F in the winter. Avoid cold drafts and sudden changes in temperature. Give bright light, but protect from direct sunlight. To promote wintertime bloom, provide artificial light (plants bloom best when given 14 hours of light each day), keep the soil moist but wait until the top begins to dry before watering again, use tepid water, and provide humidity by placing the pots on a tray of pebbles filled with water. As the water evaporates it will increase humidity around the plants. By following the above guidelines, you'll be providing your African violets with the environment they need and they'll reward you with blooms.

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