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Vicki5678
Aug 28, 2018 11:41 AM CST
I have this African Violet that is a "baby" from the favor from my wedding 15 years ago. It was given go me before I moved. It had blooms on it but they have dried up. Anyway I think my husband got the leaves wet and that is what the brown is on the leaves( am I correct?). Also it produces new leaves that are light green in the center and as they grow they get dark. Is this normal? How do i get it to start flowering again. My great grandmother was an award winning African Violet grower and my grandmother always helped me but she is no longer around for me to ask
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MadisonAV
Sep 25, 2018 11:11 AM CST
First, try watering the plant from the bottom. Violets can be damaged when water is left on the leaves. If watering from the top, blot any water gently from the leaves with a paper towel immediately.

When soil surface is dry to the touch, set plant in saucer of water and allow to absorb for about 30 min and discard excess water. Remove outer leaves with significant brown edges as plant grows. Use a well balanced fertilizer diluted to around 1/4 strength with every watering. Flush with plain water from the top once a month to remove fertilizer salt buildup if constant feeding.
Repot violets in fresh soil-less mix (should be fluffy, not heavy) once a year or so. If a mini or semi-mini, repot more often.

If plant appears healthy but does not bloom, it probably needs more light. Violets need bright, indirect light to bloom, such as an Eastern exposure. If window is too bright, use a sheer curtain or blinds to reduce intensity. Artificial lights can work very well.

Happy growing!
Name: Trudy
Youngsville, LA (Zone 9b)
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tabbycat
Dec 10, 2019 1:27 PM CST
The leaf color could to be the variety. Smiling Some are variegated or have lovely markings & this seems to be one. Sometimes not enough light causes the color to mute down so give it plenty of light & see if that amplifies this trait. It doesn't look bad & with the advise you are getting here it will be fine. Trudy

AdkJill
Aug 25, 2020 11:19 PM CST
I think your violet would benefit from potting down. Remove it from this pot and take off one or two rows of the bottom leaves. Then prepare a new pot (with fresh soilless mix plus some extra perlite) that is 1/3 the size of the plant. If you need to remove some roots to accomplish this go ahead and remove some roots off the bottom. The leaves look somehow burned to me. Was the plant receiving direct sunlight by any chance? If not, it is probably from top watering. Google wick-watering, you may want to try that if you're re-pottining. Good luck.

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