African Violet Chimera


African Violets do best when the soil is evenly moist, never saturated for any length of time. Growers refer to this saturation as 'wet feet'.  What this does is deprives the roots of  required oxygen.  When this occurs, the roots are quick to turn brown and fail.  The result isn't seen for up to several weeks when the plant simply collapses.  On the other hand, when the media becomes  too dry,  the plant growth is stunted and may never fully recover. This occurs from unseen root damage due to concentrated soluble salts.  Root damage from both over watering and under watering allows for opportunities of crown rot disease to develop.

African Violets can also be watered on the foliage by misting.  It's best to use this practice early in the day so that the leaves dry quickly.   This should not be done on flowering plants.  Room temperature water or baby-bath temperature water should be used to avoid ring spot. 


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