Is my African Violet Sick? - Leaf Colors Explained

Identify Ailments By Leaf Color

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!


Likely Cause: Too much sunlight or prolonged exposure to direct sunlight

How to treat it: Move African violet to a less bright location


Likely Cause: Overwatering, Old Age, or Lack of Fertilizing

How to treat it: Read our Fertilizing Guide and our Watering Guide

Gray (Fuzzy)

Likely Cause: Botrytis

How to treat it: 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.


Likely Cause:  Powdery Mildew

How to treat it: Move your African Violet to a room with more consistent temperatures and apply both Neem Oil and Phyton 27 as directed.


Likely Cause:  Over Fertilizing

How to treat it: Cut back on your fertilizing regimen. Read our Fertilizing FAQ for more information on feeding your African Violets.


Likely Cause:  Sooty Mold

How to treat itMost 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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