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Hunter Valley African Violet Society Inc.

African Violet - Basic Care

Light . African Violets need a bright, well-lit position, but not direct sunlight. They will grow towards the light and need to be turned regularly to keep a good shape. They are also grown under fluorescent lights. Lack of flowers and long petioles are signs of insufficient light. Pale foliage and tight growth indicates the light is too strong.

Watering use room temperature water to water:

Too much water can lead to wilt and rot and too little also causes the plant to wilt. If your plant has wilted pick it up and use its weight to judge if it is too wet or too dry. If too wet stand on a towel or some newspaper.

Fertiliser use gives a much healthier plant with more flowers. There are fertilisers specially formulated for African Violets, our members use the fertiliser available at our supply table at meetings or Manutec African Violet Food. Most members add fertiliser to the reservior and use wick watering.

Pots African Violets flower best when pot bound, a pot 1/3 the span of the plant is ideal.

Potting Mix should be a light soil-less mix. An ideal mix is available at HVAVS meetings. Commercial mixes are too heavy for wick watering as they hold too much water, adding perlite makes these mixes suitable.

Temperature African Violets like the same conditions as people.

Humidity 50% humidity is ideal and wick watering helps provide this.


Use sprays and personal protection according to the manufacturers instructions.

Grooming Dust can be brushed off using a natural fibre brush eg pastry brush. Plants are healthier and more vigorous if repotted in fresh potting mix every 12 months. Side shoots distort the symmetry of the plant and should be removed.

See links for web sites on care and propagation.