Why do African Violets develop - Knowledgebase Question

Edison, Ne
Question by gloria_monte
June 20, 2008
Even though the soil is dry, I notice that some of the leaves of my African Violets develop

Answer from NGA
June 20, 2008


Part of any houseplant care program involves watering. The best practice in growing African Violets should be watered from below, or from above with a watering can with a long spout.

The long spout lets you reach inside the foliage and wet the soil without splashing the leaves. One of the major troubles the home gardener runs into with Saintpaulia is the problem of white spots forming on the leaves. This is usually caused by cold water splashing on the leaves. Always use room temperature water or warmer. You can also use the wick-type watering system.

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