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Avstudent
May 3, 2017 5:37 PM CST
My African violet's leaf margin turns dark brown and dry up. I use my 60x microscope checked and can't find any bug. What kind of disease is and how to treat them.
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Zencat
May 3, 2017 6:10 PM CST
Did the leaves get wet?
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DaisyI
May 3, 2017 6:12 PM CST
Welcome!

Your pot is way too big and it looks like your soil is way too wet. The leaves should be hanging over the edges of the pot. Violets like to be damp not wet. When you water, pour the water into the saucer. Whatever isn't drawn up by the plant in 5 minutes, dump.

The easiest way to keep violets: Plant the violet in an unglazed terra cotta pot with no drain hole. Let that pot constantly sit in a saucer (Or decorative glazed pot) of water. The needed amount of water will soak through to the violet. There are special 'violet' self-watering pots but the problem is finding one small enough. The biggest violet I have ever owned only needed about 2 cups of soil.
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ctcarol
May 3, 2017 7:41 PM CST
Could also be fertilizer burn or high PH water, if you're doing everything else right.

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