African Violets and Gesneriads forum→African Violet leaves won't grow big.

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anna01
Dec 23, 2019 1:18 PM CST
My african violet used to be very large, but slowly over the last year the outer leaves started rotting and falling off. Now they won't grow larger than a dime. I have tried repotting it, moving it out of direct sunlight, and limiting the water to once a week. Any other ideas? (Here's a before and after)
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Name: Luda
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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mishkab
Dec 31, 2019 12:11 AM CST
Your AV definitely looks very sad. It is hard to give advice distantly. Your plant can be just old. It might be a problem with too cold temperature, or fertilizer (too much, too little), or humidity. First of all, your pot is huge. Put it in a small one no more than 3". I suspect that something going on with the root system. I would take a leaf cutting, just in case. Then there are two options. First, cover the whole pot with a plastic bag. It will increase humidity and might stimulate growth. On the other hand, watch for a fungus that can activate in a humid environment. The second option is more radical but I would go for it. Shake off the soil and check the root system. If there is no rot, then just repot it in absolutely new and different soil. Your soil can be a problem. Sometimes the plant just refuses to grow in that particular soil. If there is rot just cut off the top of your rosette and root it again. Good luck.

anna01
Jan 13, 2020 10:39 AM CST
Thank you! I appreciate the help.

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