African Violet



African Violets are charming and compact indoor plants prized for their delicate, velvety blooms and vibrant colours. These plants are well-loved for their ability to thrive indoors and add a touch of cheerful elegance to any space.

LIGHT: African Violets prefer bright, indirect light. Place them near a window where they can receive filtered sunlight. Avoid exposing them to direct sunlight, as it may scorch the leaves. Adequate light ensures prolific blooming and healthy growth.

WATER: Maintain soil moisture consistently for African Violets. Water the plant when the top centimetre or two of the soil feels dry to the touch. Use room-temperature water and avoid wetting the leaves to prevent water spots. To keep the leaves dry when watering, make sure to water directly onto the soil, or let the pot (which must have draining holes) sit in a saucer of water.

SOIL: African Violets thrive in well-draining, lightweight potting mixtures. Use a specialised African Violet mix or create one by combining peat moss (or coco coir), perlite, and vermiculite. Good drainage is essential to prevent root rot which is a common issue for these plants. (Root rot is when the plant stays wet for too long and the roots begin to rot).

FERTILISER: Feed African Violets with a balanced, water-soluble fertiliser designed for flowering plants. Apply the fertiliser every 2-4 weeks during the growing season (spring and summer) at half the recommended strength. 

REPOTTING:  Consider repotting every 1-2 years or when the plant outgrows its container.


  • Overwatering: Avoid soggy soil, as African Violets are susceptible to root rot. Allow the top layer of soil to dry before watering again.
  • Leaf Spotting: Watering on the leaves can lead to water spots or fungal diseases. Water the soil directly to keep the leaves dry.


African Violets are relatively low-maintenance and can bloom throughout the year under the right conditions. Regularly remove spent flowers and damaged leaves to encourage continuous blooming. 

(Note: The information provided in this article is based on general guidelines for cultivating African Violets. Individual plant care may vary, so always observe your plant’s specific needs and adjust your care accordingly.)
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