Gesneriads forum: African Violet Leaves Die off

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Feb 11, 2018 3:37 PM CST
I have an african violet in a double pot. We keep water in the double pot all the time and the plant is in fairly direct sunlight, in our dining room, usually 65 - 70 degrees. The plant blooms fairly regularly. The bottom/outer leaves keep browning and dying off. Any idea why? Does it need fertilizer, less water, or something else?

Jul 10, 2018 6:57 AM CST
Is the soil touching the plant? That's what was happening when I lost my last AV. Wicking and watering from beneath is a good way to keep the soil wet while not risking accidentally wetting the leaves. Keeping them too wet, is a real problem too (found that out as well). You water, the soil is wet, and then over the week it should become dryer, and then it should be watered again when the soil is nearly dry. I would say use less water and see that there is a little "moat" around the main stem. I am no expert, I just started trying to care for them again.

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