What you will get: You will receive African violet plants with flowers of pink petals and white centers growing in a 4" pot.
General features and fun points. African violet (Saintpaulia ionantha) is an ideal plant for the indoor home garden. The plants are grown for their beautiful flowers of various colors, patterns, and petal layers. African violets bloom throughout the year, even in winter. When the plants of different colors are grown together, they make an outstanding display. Place them throughout the house to enjoy beautiful colors of flowers and velvety texture of the leaves all year round.
African violets require low maintenance and do very well in the home or the office. Both the plant and flowers are non-toxic to cats and dogs.
Soil – Pot African violet into the right soil for the easiest care. Special mixes are commercially available, or you can make your own from peat moss, vermiculite, and perlite.
Light – Light affects flowering of African violet. Bright to medium light intensity promotes bloom. To keep part of the plants from reaching for the light, turn pots regularly. If light cannot be maintained for eight hours, consider using fluorescent lights.
Water – Proper watering is probably the most important aspect of learning how to grow African violet plants. Use room temperature water. Water at the base and never splash the foliage with water; just a drop can cause foliar spots and damage. Water when the soil feels dry to the touch. Never let African violets stand in water or completely dry out.
Temperature – African violets prefer the same temperatures most people find comfortable: between 70-80°F during the day, and around 65–70°F at night.
Feeding – Fertilize African violets with special African violet food, or a food with a higher phosphorus number (the middle number in the NPK fertilizer ratio, such as 15-30-15). Fertilizer can be used at one-quarter strength at every watering. Not enough fertilizer will cause reduced flowering and paler leaf color.
Do not allow extra crowns (suckers) to develop. African violets should be grown single-crowned. Most African violets look best with no more than 5 rows of leaves. To encourage the development of more flowers simply pinch blooms when they are spent.
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