African violets

A great plant for winter colour, they flower in shades of purple, pink, and white. Some varieties also have ruffled petals, double or bicoloured blooms. These small, petite plants fit into any space in the home. Consider grouping a couple of plants together in different coloured pots. They are great for the lazy gardener as they require very little attention.

Growing Conditions

Aspect African violets prefer a well-lit spot, away from direct sunlight.

Soil Use Seasol Indoor Potting Mix a premium potting mix especially formulated for indoor plants.

Growing African violets grow all year round, with peak flowering through winter and spot flowers at other times of year.

African Violets - Indoor Plants
Flowering Saintpaulias, commonly known as African violet. Mini Potted plant. A dark background. Selective focus

General care

Watering Apply water from the base by sitting the bottom of the pot in a water-filled container that allows the water to be soaked up by the pot. African violets do not like to be watered from the top as this can damage leaves.

Potting Keep African violets in a plastic nursery pot and sit inside a decorative cover pot unless growing outside.

Feeding Either a liquid or granular fertiliser can be used. Apply granular PowerFeed Controlled Release Pots & Plants for Indoor & Outdoors once every season. It combines a premium mix of nutrients, seaweed, and microbes for all plants in pots. Supplement or apply a liquid fertiliser such as PowerFeed PRO SERIES Pots & Planters or PowerFeed All Purpose including Natives every 2 to 4 weeks from spring to autumn and less often in winter.

Watch out If there is not enough light or the temperature is too cool, African violets will not flower.

Too much water on the leaves can cause brown spots, so always water from beneath, then allow to drain. Avoid sitting pots in saucers of water for extended periods or allowing water to accumulate in decorative cover pots on indoor plants.

If the whole leaf turns brown check soil moisture levels. It could be too much water or not enough.  The soil should be kept only just moist and pots only watered as needed.