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With African violets it’s important to remember where they originate from, East Africa. So what can we do in our
homes, that are most likely not representative of the climate in East Africa, to help these plants thrive?
Below are some general questions we get from customers regarding climate control.
Try to keep your African violets between 65 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. When in doubt, it is safer to be warm
then cool regarding these plants. They really do not enjoy the cold.
Humidity is an important part of successfully growing African violets. If you can, try to keep the humidity above
55% in the area your African violets are growing. In an optimal environment, they would be growing at around 75%
humidity, but this just isn’t practical in many cases. If you have a greenhouse though and can keep the humidity
above 70%, you will surely be rewarded for it. Look at humidity trays and grow domes if you are
looking to increase humidity for your African Violets.
Get your African violet somewhere warm as quickly as you can. If you don’t see any signs of rot, great.
Monitor it for any signs that may occur over the next couple of days.
If your plant is showing signs of root rot
(dark, unsightly tissue), remove any rot you see. Next, take a plastic bag and cover your African violet
with it. Make sure the leaves are not touching the bag. After the bag is over your African violet, blow
inside the bag and seal it. This will trap extra warmth and humidity in the plant. Finally, wait at 5-8 days
before opening the bag to give your African violet the best chance to recover. There is no need to water
your plant during its time inside the bag.
A telltale sign of low humidity is old looking leaves. If your leaves look wrinkled and dry, and you suspect your
growing environment isn’t very humid, it’s most likely a sign that you need to introduce more humidity into your
African violets growing environment. Another sign can be flower buds that are simply not opening. If a bud on
your African violet has looked the same for a while, it might be a good idea to check the humidity of the
Yes, you absolutely can overheat your African violet. Leaves will begin to look dry and shriveled, and your plant
can begin to grow/look weak and spindly. We recommend that you keep your African violets north of 70 degrees
while it grows. Try to keep your African violet in an environment you would feel comfortable in.
“This fall I religiously followed your advice, creating an environment of shortened
days and lower temps in order to encourage blooming...I was successful. FINALLY!! Thank you, thank you!!
Both of my plants decided to bloom and they look beautiful. I wanted to share the good news and
my gratitude with you. Thanks again!”Laurie J.
“The potting medium you sent is gorgeous!! It's superior to the bark I've been
buying at Lowe's. I can't imagine what (my orchids) will do when I put them in your potting mix. It even
smells fresh!! Many, many thanks. I'll be ordering from you again.”
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