Houseplant of the Month: African Violets
African violets are one of the world’s most popular houseplants and for good reason. They were first documented to have arrived in the United States in 1894. They are nostalgic for many of us who remember mom or grandma taking care of these dainty beauties. The African violet makes a great gift, and symbolizes commitment, faithfulness, and devotion.
Care and Maintenance:
These compact, low-growing plants flower several times a year. That’s a lot of flower power! Don’t be put off by their reputation for difficulty: providing you follow a few simple rules, African violets should thrive indoors.
With a little experience, it’s possible to keep them in flower nearly all year round and grow them to the size of dinner plates.
African violets will thrive in bright, warm and humid conditions.
Keep water from touching their leaves or it will leave brown spots.
Remove dead flowers and leaves as soon as you see them to encourage a healthier plant. Regularly check the soil and plant to make sure there is no accumulation of dead leaves.