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Name: Colleen
Edgewood, NM (Zone 5b)
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Agoo
Oct 6, 2017 11:10 PM CST
I have only had these 2 African Violets about 6 wks now. They seem to be growing pretty good.my question is when do I need to repot,? They are in the same pot as when I bought them. Thanks for any advice.



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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Oct 6, 2017 11:45 PM CST
Never. The pot size is perfect but in a year or so, when the stem gets long, you can repot into the same pot or one that is the same size. At that time, prune the roots and bury the stem. Violets don't need a lot of root space. Giving them more room is a recipe for disaster. Don't use unglazed terra cotta (use plastic or glazed pots) as the leaf stems lying on the terra cotta will cause rot.

BTW: Water from the bottom - when the plant doesn't 'suck' up any more water, empty the saucer. Keep them damp but not wet. I absolutely love self watering pots but the tricky part is finding one small enough for a violet - my 'guesstimate' is 2 cups or less. Fertilize every time you water with violet fertilizer mixed at 1/4 strength. Mine do best in a north facing window. But east is good also.
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