African Violets Care Guide

African Violets
Safe for Pets?
Non-toxic to Pets
Plant Size
Small
Sunlight Tolerance
Partial Sun
Suitable for
I know a thing or two

This beautiful flowering plant makes a great addition to home and office spaces that lack character and excitement. We love having African violets due to the vivid colors of the flowers and their ease of care. The most common colors of the flower petals include purple, blue, and white. You will also notice the interesting leaves, which comes with a fuzzy surface. We recommend African violets for people who have picked up on the basics of gardening.

Popular Varieties of African Violets

African violets actually come in many shapes, sizes, and colors. The care requirements for each variety tends to be very similar so your preference will most likely come down to the appearance of the plant. Here is a list of a few popular varieties we recommend for African violets.

African Violet ‘Pixie Blue’

This is a miniature-sized houseplant that blossoms with beautiful blue-purple flowers. They can tolerate partial or dappled shade conditions, although indirect sunlight exposure for at least twelve hours is preferred to maximize their blooming potential. It’s a great plant to have for window-side desks.

African Violet ‘Persian Prince’

This variety is also considered miniature-sized since they typically grow to less than six inches in diameter. You will find that the leaves of this plant are on the fleshier side, compared to other varieties like the Pixie Blue.

African Violet ‘Summer Twilight’

This beautiful plant typically comes with violet-purple flowers with white edges along the petal. The foliage adds to this plant’s character as the leaves are variegated.

How to Care for African Violets

African violets can be fussy plants if they aren’t grown in optimal conditions. Check out the following tips to make the most of growing an African violet at home or in the office.

1. Try to keep the soil lightly-moist at all times. A good rule of thumb is to water the plant when the topsoil starts to look dry. We suggest using room temperature water for this houseplant.

2. The leaves of the African violet are prone to rotting if they are exposed to high humidity for an extended period of time. Make sure the leaves don’t get wet when you are watering the plant.

3. During the active growing season, we suggest feeding the plant with phosphorus-rich plant fertilizer. This will give the African Violets an extra boost in blossoming beautiful flowers.

4. Keep the plants away from drafty windows and doors, especially if you live in a cold climate zone. Many varieties of African violets prefer warm conditions (65 degrees Fahrenheit or warmer).

5. African violets are prone to pests that are barely visible such as mites and mealybugs. Unfortunately, there are certain types of pests, such as Cyclamen mites, that are impossible to remove completely. In such cases, we suggest to dispose the plant rather than trying to save a lost cause.

Common Questions About African Violets

Do African Violets Need Direct Sunlight?

No, please make sure African violets are not exposed to direct sunlight for a long period of time as this may cause the leaves to burn. The optimal environment for these flowering plants is to be grown in indirect sunlight conditions.

How Often Do You Water an African Violet?

This will depend on external weather conditions like humidity and temperature. As a general rule of thumb, you can feel the top layer of the soil and water the plant if the soil feels dry to the touch. This typically means you will need to water the plant once every few days.

How Long Do African Violets Live?

They are perennials so they can last for a very long time as long as they are being taken care of. It's not unusual for African violets to live past a decade or two. The most important aspect of African violet care is to make sure there's no over-watering and to make sure they are placed in proper sunlight conditions.