There are many flower enthusiasts. In fact, many households keep and care for flowering plants. Maintaining flowers around the house adds a natural and happy mood to a home. Among the most popular flowering plants are African violets.
African violets are highly cultivated as houseplants. Their violet, pink and white blooms are very beautiful. Also called Saintpaulia, these flowers are very common among domestic plant enthusiasts. African violets are very responsive plants. They are known to wilt and droop when conditions are not ideal. However, they also get better quickly when the condition has been corrected. These plants can be difficult to cultivate. Following these tips on how to take care of African violets will make growing them easier.
Sunlight and location. Scout a good location for the African violets. Set the pots they reside in within reach of sunlight. The plants should be allowed to soak up sunlight at least once a day. The plants should be in a window facing east or west. When planted in a garden, be sure to check for direct light. Trees or buildings may cover the plants. Saintpaulia will easily wilt if not given enough sunlight.
Water. Water the African violets regularly. Use water that has been set aside in an open container for at least 8 hours. Doing this, will allow water impurities to evaporate. Cured water coming from water plants has chemicals, which may harm the delicate African violet. The plants need water frequently. It is important to make sure that the Saintpaulia is watered well. But the plant and soil should not be soaking with water. It must be just moist. If planted in a pot, a simple test can be done. After watering the plant, sit the pot on top of a saucer with water. After 15 minutes, if the pot still sits on water – there is too much water in the soil. Drain this by setting the pot down in the sink. If all the water is absorbed, the plant needs more water. Prevent dry soil by watering the soil surrounding the plant.
Prevent water spots. When watering the plant, be careful not to wet the leaves. If the leaves do get wet, use a clean rag or towel to dry them. When water is left on the leaves of the African violet, it will cause dead spots.
Fertilizer. Fertilize the African violet. Check out local botanical shops and purchase commercial African violet fertilizer.
Climate control. The African violet grows faster in a controlled climate. They flourish with a temperature of 72 degrees F.
Taking care of deadheads. Remove old blooms or deadheads by cutting with shears. Flowering plants are nourished better when old blooms are routinely removed.
These tips will surely keep the African violet healthy. Whether in a pot or in a garden, regular care will surely make the Saintpaulia bloom beautifully. The clustered blooms of violet, pink and white will surely make any gardening enthusiast proud.