Nurturing African Violets

the # 1 American house plant

I would say the African Violet is the # 1 house plant in America! It was at my home while growing up and seems to be now... Everyone just makes over my wife's flowers, and yet the violets receive the least attention it seems. I know everyone cannot grow them-- while others can grow them from a single leaf.

Sometime back I read an article in Country magazine where this gentleman wrote that his mother's sister grew the most fabulous African Violets in Northern Michigan and went on to say she raised them in the Northern part of the home, with a florescent light as a light source "and they seemed to bloom forever..." Yada, yada, yada. My mom always placed hers in the West facing windows using natural filtered sunlight. Presently, my wife uses the East side catching the early morning light (filtered also). My sister grows them in both the East & West windows of her home, I'd say some ladies grow them in the South facing windows also so it must be something other that which side of the house they're on.

Maybe the source of light is not the most important factor though important none the less. The trick to proper care I believe is to water from the bottom of the flower pot and not from the top where you might get water on the stems or leaves. I hear this is a No, No with African Violets. My mom used to use a good liquid fertilizer also every other time she watered. My wife uses a Miracle-Gro plant spike every six months or so, but still always waters from the bottom.

All kinds...

My wife plays nurse...

Ever so often I'll notice my wife coming in with a seemingly dead plant; tossed aside because someone didn't have a green thumb or time to nurse a sick plant back to health and more often than not the plant would recover under my wife's 'nursing' and she would just add it to our 'jungle.'

This only covers some inside plants..., maybe next time I'll write about the outside plants.

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crazybeanrider 6 years ago from Washington MI

Watering from the bottom, I am going to try that. I can never keep an African Violet no matter where I keep it. Always believing the light source being the problem. Or to much water, or not enough. Thanks for the tip. Enjoyed your hub!


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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

Hi crazybeanrider, and thanks for the comment. It seems like water on the stems or leaves is death to the violets. Don't know if it's a virus or why, just remember my mom said, "watering from the bottom causes the roots to reach deeper for the water..."


hubbling 6 years ago

Very good page! I really enjoy looking at beautiful plants and it is cool the way your wife treats unwnated plants she sounds like a really nice person. You are very lucky to have her in your life.


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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

Hi hubbling, and thanks for the comment. Yes, I thank God daily for my wife. She is truly a miracle in the making, and enjoys working in her flowers. Our home is surrounded with beautiful flowers, inside and out.


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

My favorite flowers - those and pansies. Thanks for some great info and beautiful photos.


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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

Hi elayne001, thanks for the comment


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GeneralHowitzer 6 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

They look like not real awesome hub sam and very lovely writing too... Keep it up my friend!


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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

Thanks GH, I really appreciate you kind words. I'm humbled that you would visit my hub. You were my first friend on HPs. Blessings to you & yours.


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mulberry1 6 years ago

I used to have violets but when I moved I lost all of my houseplants. (Gave many of them away to save the hassle) Anyway, I think starting small, with some violets, might be a good way to get back into the whole thing!


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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

I agree Mulberry. I think flowers say so much about the people that raise them. Thanks for the comment, now that you're here, why not join the family of friends.


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megni 5 years ago

African Violets are great. I used to raise fabulous ones and even started the teacup variety from seeds.Gave them all to a neighbor because I was moving. I've wondered about them ever since.

Park's seed catalog has these listed but I didn't buy because I thought it robbery to charge 6 dollars to cover postage. Anyone know about this miniature variety? variety?

Your site is excellent and is a needed one.


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samsons1 5 years ago from Tennessee Author

thanks so much megni, for your visit and your kind remarks. I agree the seed catalogs can 'rip' you off if your not careful. I would find a friend that has violets and just ask for a leaf. You could probable start a half dozen or more from one leaf.

I'm unfamiliar with the variety you mentioned.

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