They do need a fair amount of light, as well as regular light feeding.
Also, you need to groom it from to time. Google on "African Violet
care", and sort out the hits. You'll find lots of useful info - too much
probably. Your local library will certainly have a houseplant book or
two that deals with African violets. Books are nice -- you can take them
with you anywhere, and you don't have to plug them in to read them. :-)
Not MORE light, it is getting the max right where it
is -- Western light. Re: fertilizing, I put in some of
those "spikes" but they haven't done much good, bloom-wise.
Anybody have experience w/African violets that can
suggest optimum type of fertilizer?
has some interesting advice, including NOT
a clay pot!
Your reactions to that site, and your recommendations
for fertilizer would be appreciated. Personal experience is so
Use Schultz's Bloom (5-30-5) at half recommended strength every two weeks
when you water or something similar that has a low nitrogen number. Keep it
in an east or north window during the summer and a west window during the
winter. African violets do well under a grow light that is left on for
sixteen hours. Small grow lights are available that are especially adapted
for dark corners. Keep it evenly moist but never sopping wet and never keep
it in a cold area. Water it from the bottom to prevent leaf spotting.
I have grown african violets successfully for years and the one thing I
have noticed is that after I bring them home from the store/garden
centre they take a long time to rebloom. I think it is because they are
forced in the first place. I water sparingly from the bottom and once a
month I use Shultz liquid fertilizer. I keep them in lots of light but
not direct sun. As suggested in another post they don't like big pots.
It seems they don't blossom until they become almost root bound but can
stay that way for years. Good Luck as the flowers are worth it.
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