Monday, December 03, 2007

African Violets

The African violet is not only a beautiful house plant, but it is one that will take up minimum space, bloom several times a year and described below, the popular plant will thrive as well for the beginner as it will for the expert.
African violets grow best when provided with indirect sunlight. When leafstalks become elongated and plants bloom sparingly, light intensity is probably too low. If the leaves become faded, the plant may be receiving too much light.
African violets grow best when the relative humidity is from 50-60 degrees. To increase the humidity, set the plants on water tight trays filled with small pebbles. Pour in water to cover the pebbles. The water will evaporate and moisten the air surrounding the plants.
The plants should be watered when the soil feels dry to the touch. Water thoroughly allowing the plant to drain well. Never allow the plant to sit in water. If you use a watering can, make sure that you use one that will allow you to water very deliberately, and not shower the leaves. Bottom watering is best.
African violets grow best in temperatures ranging from 60-80 degrees. If temperatures are too low, the plant will grow slowly and the leaves will hug the pot. If the temperature is too high, the plant will become leggy. Never place the plant where there will be sudden changes of temperature or drafts.

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