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If you have a healthy African Violet that needs to be repotted, this is the tutorial for you. If you’re African
Violet appears to suffer from root rot or a long neck, please visit our tutorial on
Repotting your first African Violet may seem to be daunting task. Many people avoid doing it because they fear
they will hurt their plant. Quite the opposite is true. By not repotting your African Violet, you are setting
your plant up to live a shorter and tougher life. Besides, repotting is easy. You have nothing to worry about!
Follow this guide step by step and you will have that African Violet repotted before you know it.
First, we want to remove the African Violet from the pot it is currently growing in. To do this, grasp your
African Violet at the base below the lowest set of leaves and gently pull up. Don’t force it. You may need
to wait a day or so to allow your African Violet to come out easily.
Once the plant is removed we want to begin cleaning it off. Simply massage away any mix that is still on the
roots. When you are done, you should be looking at a fairly clean root system.
At this point we want to remove any leaves that look damaged or old. These leaves will usually reside on the
lower rung of leaves. During a repotting session, it gives you a chance to clean up your plant as well. When
removing the leaves, feel free to make the African Violet look the way you want it to.
We like to think of repotting African Violets like maintaining a car. If you never took care of your car, it
wouldn’t look as good or last as long as a similar car that was well maintained. The same is true with your
African Violet, if you repot it regularly, not only does it get what it needs to survive, but it also will
look great year in and year out.
Alright, enough with the analogies. Back to repotting. After we have removed any defective leaves, we want to
remove all flowers on the African Violet. We know it sounds counterproductive, but it’s necessary to ensure
that the plant focuses only on new roots and leaves, rather than the flowers it’s trying to maintain.
This is where the fresh new
mix and new
pot come in. Take your pot - typically the same size pot unless it’s clear the roots were outgrowing the
old pot – and fill it with your fresh
mix. When filling the pot, don’t compact it too tight. In fact, we want it pretty loose in the pot.
Just fill the pot to the top and level it off.
Now that we have our pot filled with mix, it’s time for the final step. Not unlike how you would plant a
flower in your yard, make a little hole in the mix for the African Violet to sit down in, and plant it. If
any roots look rotted, make a cut above the rot and
Congratulations! You have successfully repotted an African Violet. Write down somewhere (on a label, on the
pot, in your phone, etc.) when you did this repotting and remember to repeat this process at least once a
year for best results.
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