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Potted African Violets

African violet's leaves are borne in a tight rosette, fanning out from a central stem like spokes in a wheel.  When a potted plant is young and grown in adequate light, this stem is not noticeable.  When a plant has grown from low light exposure or has grown for a few years, the stem shows itself and the plant becomes top heavy.  Also, some of the lower leaves may die and fall off, robbing the planter pot of some of its elegance.  Here are two solutions to this problem.
 16120-Pots-African-Violets-ArizonapotteryREPOTTING:  If the exposed stem is about an inch , the simplest approach is to remove any damaged lower leaves and repot the African violet so that the stem is buried in the potting soil and the existing leaves again are flush with the top of the pot.  New roots will form on this buried stem.  Now is the time to step up to a bit larger planter in size and a different color or type of planter for design. 
 16121 African-Violet-Pots-Arizona-PotteryREROOTING:  If the exposed stem of the potted plant is a few inches high, cut the entire top portion off.  Remove about one-third of the lower leaves, dip this cutting in rooting hormone and place it in a container of damp potting soil.  Cover the pot with a clear plastic bag, with stakes in the pot to keep the bag from touching the violets leaves.  Place the pot in diffused light, rather than direct sunlight.  Try to keep the humidity in the bag and then give it about 6 weeks to re-root.  Then remove the bag and you will have a rejuvenated African Violet, beautifully potted and ready to display.
 16122 African-Violet-Planter-Arizona-PotteryAfrican Violets are a popular houseplant choice.  Some people think they are hard to manage but they really aren't.  Did you know lack of sunlight is the most common reason they fail to flower?  Make sure it's indirect and not direct.  Water from the top using water warmed to room temp and take care not to wet the leaves.  When the soil is dry to the touch, water until the water comes out the pots drain holes.  Let it drain for 20 minutes and then empty the saucer. 
With a bit of special attention African violets will be a rewarding house plant.
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Post Last Updated: 12/19/2016 12:50:26 PM 

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nice post about "Potted African Violets" i appreciate your article

Start a collection.

Once houseplants become more of a consuming hobby than a passing pleasure, you will begin to look for more ways to feed your passion.  One option is to start a collection of a particular type of plant, whether a large and diverse groups such as cacti, or a smaller interesting group like African Violets (shown).


Start by grouping your plants to find an arrangement that pleases you.
The design will look more interesting if you can create a cascade effect using florist's foam to build up different levels.  Build up the back of the display with the foam first.  Fill in the spaces in front in steps.  Try the plants for size so that you can use more foam beneath the pots if needed.

Arrange the plants to look as though they could be growing as a natural group and not in straight rows.  Fill the spaces between the pots with moss.


When selecting a container you have many options.  Match the color of the pot to the accent colors in the room.  Do you have bright red pillows? Then select a bright red planter to compliment and draw your attention to the brightness.  Do you have a rattan table?  Then use a bamboo theme planter.  Is everything natural with neutral colors?  Stick with a clay terracotta planter.  It's a natural product that is lovely with sun baked terracotta color tones.
To find the best range of plants do not go to just one garden nursery.  Hunt for specialists for imaginative and superior items not seen everywhere else.  Plant early in spring when the selections are the best.
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Post Last Updated: 12/20/2016 3:39:44 PM 

Abundant Indoor Blooms

Success with African violets and their cousins depends on consistent moisture and light.  Everyone loves African violets for potted indoor flowers, but you may want to try some of their relatives.  Read more below.....


There is not a big difference between growing potted plants outdoors versus indoor, except that the ones inside tend to be mostly greens and very few flowers.  Violets tend to be the exception.  Most varieties come from tropical climates so they love the indoor temperatures and warmth.  When people think of violets they tend to think about how difficult they are to grow.  Well, that's not the case at all.


There are many points to consider when growing African Violets in lovely garden pots.  A main consideration is the color of the blooms.  They come in so many shades that it is difficult to select just one.  The green foliage is also varies depending on the plant that you select.  You may want to contrast the color of the bloom with a colorful pot.  Example: purple bloom with bright pink planter. 


When it comes to space needed these plants are easy.  They usually never get any larger than a foot wide.  Which ever size you go with just make sure that the planter pot provides enough room since they don't like to be cramped.  When it comes to watering you don't want to over water so use a water gauge if necessary.


During the winter, most homes with forced air or any other drying heat source has relative humidity of 15% or less, ver close to levels found in a desert.  Misting plants by hand offers only temporary results, and mineral deposits in the water will leave spots on the leaves.

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