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Asked by
bernese on
February 10, 2012

Q. About indoor violets

One of my violets is putting out ‘babies’. Do I cut them out? Also, both violets are not blooming. Am trying to do everything as recommended. Thank you.

Answered by
Nikki on
February 11, 2012
Certified Expert
A.

Once a new plant starts growing and has roots and at least two or three leaves, then you can cut it from the mother plant. Simply cut the runner away from the plant crown so that each portion (or baby) has a piece of the root system. Each division can then be planted into a pot of its own.

Light affects the flowering process so make sure your violets are receiving planty of filtered, bright light. You may also want to feed it with special African violet fertilizer or add a bit more phosphorus (such as bone meal) to the soil to help promote blooming.

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Asked by
Marthab on
September 17, 2012

Q. African Violets Care

I have three African Violets in three separate plastic pots. I’m having trouble keeping them alive. I know you water from the bottom and the center leaves look good, but the outside leaves are green, curling under, and limp. What to do with them? Should I cut them off or will they get well? I do let the soil dry before I water. Should they be in a different pot? Thanks for your answer.

Answered by
Heather on
September 23, 2012
Certified Expert
A.

I would remove the outer leaves that are soft and curling. I suspect that there is a root rot problem. I would repot them in African Violet soil or any other kind of well draining soil.

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Asked by
carolek on
November 13, 2012

Q. How Can You Get African Violets to Keep Blooming?

How can you get African violets to keep blooming? Mine rarely do.

Answered by
Nikki on
November 14, 2012
Certified Expert
A.

Light affects the flowering process so make sure your violets are receiving planty of filtered, bright light. You may also want to feed it with special African violet fertilizer or add a bit more phosphorus (such as bone meal) to the soil to help promote blooming.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 30, 2014

Q. Leaves on African Violet Turning Yellow

Why are my leaves turning yellow on my African Violet?

Asked by
Denisr on
June 26, 2014

Q. African violet flowers that are dying

My flowers themselves are dried out look like they are dead. What should I do about them? Do I break them off or what?

Answered by
JMCamann on
June 27, 2014
A.

Yes remove the dead flowers carefully. If they do not come off easily they are not ready to be deadheaded. I feed my african violet every time I water it. I have a wonderful container that actually leaches up the water from the bottom dish. There are two dishes. One that holds the african violet and one that hold the water. The plant takes what water and food mixture it needs so no worries about over watering or getting the leaves wet. Just remember (if you are lucky enough to find a pot like this, mine was a gift and I cannot find another) to water it!! My plant blooms nearly all the time. Sometimes it goes dormant for a bit and then suddenly starts to flower again. Good luck and I hope this was helpful.

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Asked by
errhah on
March 23, 2015
I live W. of Fort Collins, CO

Q. How to treat Powdery Mildew on African Violets

I have a large number of African Violets and have noticed a powdery substance on some of the leaves of several plants. I think it is probably Powdery Mildew, but how to treat it? How invasive is it? Do I need to isolate the Violets that have it? HELP! Thank you for any advice you can share.

Answered by
shelley on
March 23, 2015
Certified Expert
A.

Plants that show signs of powdery mildew should be isolated once they show symptoms of powdery mildew. If left untreated, it will spread. You will want to pinch off the affected areas and discard of them, then apply any of the treatments outlined in the articles below - your treatment options range from organic to chemical:

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/hpgen/powdery-mildew-treatment.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/disease/powdery-mildew-homemade-and-organic-remedies.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/disease/get-the-cure-for-powdery-mildew.htm

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