Growing African Violets

By Michelle Buchanan

One houseplant that I have always loved, but never been able to master is the African Violet. One of my horticulture goals for 2017 is to get one to grow, bloom, and stay healthy for the year. Here are some things to think about when growing African Violets:

• Soil Mix and Container.

African violets require a soil mix that is well-drained. Commercially prepared packaged soil mixtures are available for African violets. Excellent plants can be grown in mixtures containing equal parts (by volume) of soil, peat and horticultural-grade perlite. Clay or plastic containers are both satisfactory, but choose a pot with drainage holes.


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