Philipwonel said:Kind of looks like mildew.
I think you need to back off water, let her dry some between watering's. One over watering , is about all it takes for root rot, and then doom. 😭
They do like humidity, in bathroom, above kitchen sink, Sprite's of water on leaves. Not from wet soil.
Also, I'd repot, after buying, into proper soil. Nursery soil , is good for the nursery, butt not at home.
Good Luck 👍
DaisyI said:How are you watering?
greene said:I'm sorry to see that someone who actually lives in African is having problems growing what we call African Violets.
There are mites which are not visible to the naked eye, not even with a magnifying lens. You would need a microscope to find the Cyclamen mites or the much smaller Broad mites that sometimes attack Saintpaulia plants. These mites attack many different types of plants including African Violets.
Here are some links.
Hope this helps.
DaisyI said:Over-watering results in rotten stems and under-watering results in crispy leaves. But it sounds like you are watering properly so I have to agree with Greene. Your plants have bugs. I suspect you are buying them with bugs - the leaves should not be tighly curled.
critterologist said:TIghtly curled crown leaves = bugs, 99.9% sure. Agree with tossing the plant (hard to do after all the TLC you've given it, I know) and starting over. If it's a really rare cultivar, you could try rooting an outer leaf or two, but as long as this problem has persisted I'm guessing all leaves are infested to some extent. If you do keep a leaf, please isolate it from other plants and watch for symptoms. Be sure to disinfect surfaces, any scissors or other tools, pot, etc. (if plastic nursery pot, just throw it away). If baby plant shows symptoms, you'll need to get rid of it as well, but for now I'd keep it. Wishing you better luck with your next purchase!
plantmanager said:Yes, I now closely inspect each new plant I buy. Use a magnifier if your eyes aren't the best. I keep them away from my other plants and don't put them with the others for a few weeks so I can make sure they don't have bugs or a disease. I used to bring in bugs constantly. I've noticed many problems with big box store plants. My local nurseries have much healthier plants.
plantmanager said:Yes, it's sad, but most stores don't have qualified help, and don't take proper care of the plants. They look so great the day they come into the store, but a few weeks later most are dead, dying or diseased.
critterologist said:Avid is an effective miticide, but it's $$$ and VERY toxic, so use it or similar treatments cautiously. Keep the plant out of reach of pets, too. I avoid anything systemic (taken up by roots & leaves) in general, because I never quite know what the cats will take a shine to. (Eliot spent yesterday night eating and coughing up plant leaves after I brought the rest of the tender plants inside for the winter -- nothing toxic, but it sure didn't agree with him.)