African Violet Care : Expert Growing Tips

African violets (Saintpaulia) are popular houseplants with colourful flowers and fuzzy leaves. These six professional tips will help your African violets thrive  

Lighting Needs  

African violets love bright indirect light. They like 12-14 hours of light daily. Use a north or east-facing window to get enough light without direct sunlight, which can scorch foliage.  


African violets demand irrigation. Although they like damp soil, overwatering can cause root rot. Avoid leaf stains by watering from the bottom with room-temperature water.  

Temperature, humidity  

African violets love 50-60% humidity. Use a humidifier, pebble tray with water, or plants to humidify dry interior air, especially in winter. They prefer 65-75°F (18-24°C) and avoid drafts and temperature changes.  

The soil and fertiliser  

Use an African violet-specific well-draining, light soil mix or mix equal parts peat moss, vermiculite, and perlite. Balanced, water-soluble African violet fertiliser should be applied periodically.   


Repot African violets annually or when rootbound. Choose one-third the plant's leaf spread diameter because they like smaller containers. Try fresh soil and be gentle with roots.  

Cut and trim  

Remove wasted blossoms and dead or yellowing foliage to promote growth and maintain the plant's appearance. Removing dust with a gentle brush or cloth keeps leaves healthy.  


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