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Q.Afican violets

Zone Omaha, NE 68105 zone 5 | clmunson added on February 4, 2018 | Answered

I have a violet that was given to me about 18 months ago. It has done well near my west kitchen window with deep green leaves and nice bunches of flowers. Until lately.

The leaves seem to be droopy and upon closer inspection I noted that the roots have mostly pulled away from the stem. Perhaps they rotted, I don’t know. I have been careful with water since I understand that they do not like to be too wet. So I have a stub stem with great leaves and flowers. Is the plant lost? Can I root it in water? Or is there another way to preserve this great little plant?

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Answered on February 4, 2018

If the roots have rotted away then it will be too late to save it. I recommend only watering from a self watering container... This will do so from the bottom. If the future, you can use a few capfuls of peroxide in the water when you give it a drink. This will prevent any fungal infections from taking hold.

Here is an article for the care of these: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/african-violet/african-violet-care.htm

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