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Q.I Have One African Violet That Flowers A Lot And The Other One Has Not Flowered In 2 Years. What Can I Do To Help It Flower?

Zone 85395 | vac4fitz added on October 9, 2021 | Answered

I am perplexed since the African Violet that does not flower looks very healthy.

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Answered on October 10, 2021

East or west windows are recommended to get enough direct sunlight. Avoid excessive heat and-or cold. Sunlight is insufficient if the plant does not bloom, the leaves grow in elongated shapes, or the crowns get leggy. If you leave it outside during the summer, remember that some pots will dry out fast in the summer (clay pots usually). Empty the saucer after watering and waiting about 1/2 an hour. Aim for potting soil that is as evenly moist as you can make it. Test the soil with a finger before watering. If it feels dry or almost dry then water. If it feels moist or soggy, skip watering and retest the following day. Provide some humidity in dry winters with low humidity. Check the soil pH to keep it close to neutral or just a tad acidic. Keep the environment temperature mild, around 70-80F, at least warmer than 65F. Flower production is usually located in the first few rows/circles of leaves. This means you don’t need to let the plant get huge to get flowers. Expect flowers every 2-6 months (or thereabouts) unless this plant has really screwed up DNA. Consider using an African Violet specific fertilizer if you are using a general purpose fert and follow the directions on the product.

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