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Vethan
May 7, 2020 1:40 PM CST
Hello!
I have had this African violet for five years and a few days ago, brown spots started appearing, which in the light seem to be transparent, as if something is eating the leaf or making it disintegrate somehow. Would any of you know, what is causing this and what needs to be done? I really want to save it, it's heartbreaking!
Vethan
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oneeyeluke
May 8, 2020 10:04 AM CST
You either let the sun hit the leave or let some cold water hit the leaves. African Violet like to be bottom watered and never allow cold water to hit the leaves. If I'm wrong, gently tip the plant out of the container and get a feel of the soil. If its wet and mushy then overwater can cause leaf browning too, I hope that helps.
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DaisyI
May 8, 2020 10:14 AM CST
If it were sunburn, the top leaves would be affected, not the bottom older leaves. It could be too much fertilizer or too much water.
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Vienna
Vethan
May 9, 2020 6:52 PM CST
Thank you so much for your replies! I made further research and it looks like it could actually be a virus. I cut the brown leaves this morning and I am crossing my fingers that it's going to be enough to save it, that's what my sources were recommending. I was really wondering, what could be the cause, because I know that neither water nor direct sunlight could have reached the leaves and I don't use fertiliser.
Thank you very much once again, I hope all of your plants are healthy Smiling
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
May 9, 2020 7:04 PM CST
Do you have thrips? That's the vector for AV virus.

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Vienna
Vethan
Dec 7, 2020 8:50 PM CST
Hello everyone!
I am about to post another question and realised that the message I typed on my phone to thank you all once again never got sent Sad
Just as an update, my African violet is doing great! I cut all of the spotted leaves following the recommendations of one of the gardeners I called, who was kind enough to give time to my request and he said it must be a virus and that this is what I should do. If this ever happens to you guys, you know what to do Smiling So maybe you were right Daisy, only things is, there were not thrips, but would they be very visible?
Vethan
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