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Brisbane, Australia
CLHdoublesix
May 8, 2020 4:26 PM CST
Hello all,

I have an African violet that's recently taken a turn for the worse and I don't know why.
The old leaves are turning pale green/yellow and dying. The new leaves still look nice and dark green but it just seems to be doing worse.
I usually water it once a week by placing it in about 1/2 inch of water for 30 mins or so. I got it when it was very small and maybe the roots are now reaching further and getting too wet?
I thought maybe I was over watering it so I didn't water it for a fortnight but it doesn't seem to be getting any better.
I live in Brisbane, Australia and the plant is located inside, in filtered light. I haven't changed it's location, it's fairly stable temperature where it sits. It's potted in African violet soil mix.

Let me know if you need more info to help the little guy out. Photos attached. Any help would be appreciated!
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
May 8, 2020 8:12 PM CST
Welcome!

Have you fertilized recently?
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CLHdoublesix
May 9, 2020 2:24 AM CST
DaisyI said: Welcome!

Have you fertilized recently?


No, I haven't for a while - maybe 2 months? When I do, I use Maxicrop Indoor Plant Food (seaweed based). Think it could use some?
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BigBill
May 9, 2020 2:33 AM CST
When I see a violet that has tiny leaves and it is yellow green, two things come to mind immediately. Too much light and too much fertilizer.
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CLHdoublesix
May 10, 2020 2:51 AM CST
BigBill said:When I see a violet that has tiny leaves and it is yellow green, two things come to mind immediately. Too much light and too much fertilizer.


Oh really? It's inside and gets afternoon light. I'll try moving it.

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slowcala
May 10, 2020 4:01 AM CST
Welcome! here new member.

I used to have African Violets and I watered from the top, but did not get any water on the leaves. Try watering from the top of the pot. Also, I think the morning light would be better. The afternoon light is always more intense. You do know that you can easily propagate your African Violets by breaking off a leaf and sticking it in the soil. I had many plants. They are lovely! Good luck with yours.
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Brisbane, Australia
CLHdoublesix
May 14, 2020 3:27 AM CST
BigBill said:When I see a violet that has tiny leaves and it is yellow green, two things come to mind immediately. Too much light and too much fertilizer.


Oh really? It's inside and gets afternoon light. I'll try moving it.
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DaisyI
May 14, 2020 10:11 AM CST
Its stretching for light, that's not the problem. Too much light, the leaves would be bending down. Too little light, the leaves grow up. Maybe you aren't fertilizing enough. Read this to assess whether you fertilizer is adequate.

https://africanvioletbooks.com...

I doubt the yellow leaves will turn green again but new leaves should grow green.
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