Want to bring color to your yard? Add African Violets

Posted by TN Nursery on 15th Jul 2014

Saintpaulia commonly referred to as African violet is native to Tanzania and Kenya. They are also native to the most tropical places in the world. You do not typically grow these by a seed. Most people grow them by cutting part of the plant and using pieces to grow a new plant. Because you do not usually use a seed, some species are slowly becoming endangered because they are being cleared for agriculture purposes. They typically grow between two and five inches and grow wider than one foot so they do not take up much room. The flowers on African violets bloom in violet, purple, pale blue or white. They grow better in warmer climates because too much cold weather can make the leaves lose their color. Violets have been used to represent mothers and motherhood. Whenever a woman is expecting or after she has had a baby, they are given as gifts in many cultures around the world. Because of their bright colors they are also linked with Easter and Valentine’s Day. They should occasionally be watered not letting the roots get dry. They should also not be replanted in a bigger pot because they grow best when their roots get crowded. They do need moderate light to grow properly, but it does not need to be direct light. If grown inside, then they will need to be rotated every week. Each section needs the same amount of sun to avoid one side from growing larger than the other. The only pests that bother these plants are the mealy bug. However, if grown inside and cleaned monthly than these pests can easily be avoided. They do need to be “fed” with fertilizer once a month to help with blooming. Violets can be grown at any time of the year because you can cut leafs and grow a new plant. They also need humidity to grow. One day to add humidity to the air when they are growing inside, is to spray warm water in the air around the plant. It adds just enough humidity to promote growth. However, if they are growing outside in a tropical region then you will not have to worry about this. These plants do need a special type of soil to grow properly. However, it can be purchased or made yourself.