Gesneriads forum: African Violet Pot

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Name: Deb
Buffalo, Minnesota (Zone 4b)
Region: Minnesota Birds Cactus and Succulents Hostas Hummingbirder
May 21, 2017 9:44 AM CST
My family gave me an African Violet for Mother's Day. I was reading up on their care and the basic watering instructions I've found are to let the soil just barely dry out, then bottom water using non chlorinated water for 30 minutes. Sounds easy, but I have a couple of questions-should I use soluble violet fertilizer in the water every time I water or fertilize every so often? And, somewhere along the way, I picked up a "violet pot"-are these good to use? It looks nice, but I'm afraid of over watering. Is commercial violet potting soil OK?
Thanks-I just want it to live :)

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Madison, Alabama (formerly NC)
Aug 12, 2017 7:22 PM CST
There does not seem to have been any response to this query. I grow some African violets and do use most of the time the commercial mixes. My plants seem to do well as long as I am careful about overwatering. I have some of the violet pots but they did not seem to be absorbing the water like I expected. So my DH drilled 2 holes in the sides of them lower down. I set the inner pots into the outer pot which contains water. The water enters the inner pot through the holes instead of relying on absorption through the sides - seems to work. So I can use the pots (which were relatively expensive) although not exactly as I expected.

Yesterday I received 3 little plants from The Violet Barn (my first order from them). All three are very healthy and actually have blooms. I am really happy with them and will definitely order again. So glad to have found a choice besides Lowes and HD - so many varieties to choose from. The shipping costs but they pack wonderfully.

Hope your plant is doing well. AFs are actually fairly tough plants and can take a lot - tap water is fine as long as it is not too cold. Just don't overwater and rot the leaves. Good luck.

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