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We often get asked questions regarding light requirements for African violets. Here are the answers to some of
the most common questions we get regarding light and African Violets.
African violets do best when they are growing in a spot that gets a lot of indirect sunlight. Getting a healthy
dose of indirect sunlight is important for photosynthesis and the overall health of the African violet.
Essentially, you don’t want your African violet to be directly under the sun’s rays. You want your African violet
to get light indirectly, for example, in a bright windowsill.
It’s important that your African violet receives anywhere from 8-9 hours minimum of time in the dark each day. So
essentially, by around 10 o’clock at night, make sure your African violets are no longer receiving light.
Darkness acts as a bloom cue for African violets, so it’s important to make sure our African violets are not
constantly in the light.
We recommend that you rotate your African violet every few weeks to ensure that it gets an equal distribution of
light across it.
Absolutely! Just make sure that your grow
light covers both the blue and red spectrums. For best results, mount your light about a foot above
Miniature African violets and about a foot and a half above standard African violets. Place your hand above the
top of your plant between it and the light source. If the heat is uncomfortable on your hand, the light is too
close to your plants and could burn them.
Yellowing leaves are a telltale sign that your African violet is not receiving enough light. Another sign,
usually accompanying the yellowing of leaves, is that your African violet will simply stop producing flowers. If
one or both symptoms are occurring, consider moving your African violet into a brighter location.
The presence of too much sunlight produces “sun spots” on your leaves and/or blooms. These spots are brown and
should stand out when inspecting potential affected areas. Curling leaves are also something to watch out for.
Leaf curling can also be a sign of mites, so be sure to check the underside of your leaves to rule out that
“This fall I religiously followed your advice, creating an environment of shortened
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Both of my plants decided to bloom and they look beautiful. I wanted to share the good news and
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