Gardening Questions And Answers
The members of Saintpaulia are small perennial herbs with thick, hairy, ovate leaves. These dark green leaves have long petioles (leaf stems) and are arranged in a basal cluster at the base of the plant. The violet-like flowers are bilaterally symmetric with five petals and can be violet, white, or pink in colour.
Watering and fertilizing Saintpaulia requires little water. Keep the soil mix a bit moist and check that water drains properly. Provide liquid flower plant fertilizer more or less once a month to extend the blooming as long as can be. Water from above, ideally with water that is already at room temperature.
Overwatering is perhaps the main reason African violet blossoms die. Additionally, improper watering can cause their leaves to wilt. And, in extreme cases, your African violet can even die due to over or under-watering your plant. If your African violet’s blossoms are wilting, turning color, or dying, check the soil.
The genus came to be called Saintpaulia, though the plants have recently been re-categorized into a different genus, Streptocarpus. African violets do best and produce the most blooms in bright, indirect light. Though they are generally easy to care for, they can go through fussy spells. Don’t be discouraged!
Place plants away from floor vents, fans, or entrance doors to avoid air drafts and bursts of cold air. In general, African Violets need just enough water to keep the soil moist, but never soggy. Too much waterwill leave your African Violets susceptible to such deadly pathogens as Pythium, Root Rot and Crown Rot.
African Violet (Saintpaulia ionantha.) Leaves and stems are very pubescent. Leaves can be oval to heart-shaped with smooth or ruffled margins. Flowers are borne in single or double clusters, can have five or more petals, may be ruffled around the edges of the petals, and come in different shades and color combinations.