Is my African Violet Sick? - Leaf Colors Explained

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Is my African Violet Sick? - Leaf Colors Explained

Spots on African Violet


African Violet in Slot Pot

Spots on our African violets are often a symptom of a bigger issue. Below we have outlined some of the different colors of spots you might encounter, what each mean, and how to treat them.

Many times, the presence of unusual colors on your African Violet leaves is completely reversible. It's simply about diagnosing the problem, and taking the correct steps to remedy the issue. Sometimes, there isn't even a problem at all!

Color Likely Cause How to Treat It
Brown
Too much sunlight or prolonged exposure to direct sunlight Move African violet to a less bright location
Yellow
Overwatering, Old Age, or Lack of Fertilizing Read our Fertilizing Guide and our Watering Guide
Gray (Fuzzy Appearance)
Botrytis Immediately move infected plant/plants away from the rest of your collection. Cut away anything that looks sick and apply Phyton 27 (A systematic fungicide) as directed.
White
Powdery Mildew Move your African Violet to a room with more consistent temperatures and apply both Neem Oil and Phyton 27 as directed.
Orange
Over Fertilizing Cut back on your fertilizing regimen. Read our Fertilizing FAQ for more information on feeding your African Violets.
Black Sooty Mold Most likely due to an insect (Aphids, Whiteflies, Mealy Bugs, etc) associated with Sooty Mold. Inspect your African Violet for insects and if you find any, treat for the insects appropriately. Our GET OFF ME! Pest Control Spray is a fantastic, all natural remedy for many insect problems. See all of our pest control products here.
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