The Q&A Archives: House Plant Care

Questioner's Location: Newark, NJ
Date: August 20, 2005

Question: How do you care for the African Violet in zone 9, Sandersville, GA.?
Please advise on general care.

thank you,

Answer: African violets make good houseplants, they enjoy bright but indirect sunlight and appreciate high humidity. They do well in a location with good air circulation but not in a cold (or warm) draft. The soil should be allowed to dry just slightly between waterings. Water with tepid water and avoid getting the leaves wet when you water. Some people find it easier to bottom water their African violets. To do this, place the pot in a saucer filled with water and allow it to soak up the moisture; repeat until you see moisture at the soil surface. Next, allow any excess to drain and do not leave it sitting in a saucer of water. Fertilize per the label instructions with a general purpose water soluble fertilizer such as 10-10-10 plus minors. Do not repot unless the plant has become very crowded, they do well in a somewhat undersized container. I hope this helps.

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