It’s the middle of February and there is nothing in my garden that is even thinking about blooming so I looked around indoors to see what I could find for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. Well, whaddayaknow???!!! One of my African Violets is sporting some lovely white blossoms!
I’ll be honest, as much as I love gardening and am willing to experiment with pretty much anything in the garden, African Violets intimidated me. Growing up, my mom had several, always with spectacular, usually purple, blooms. I remember how she would propagate them simply by sticking a leaf into some soil. It seemed so simple.
Wrong! I tried several times over the years, never managing to get it quite right, so I gave up.
Fast forward to 2015…I inherited two African Violets from my mother-in-law. The pressure was on to keep these alive. With Google at my finger tips I was able to find a slew of information on African Violets. Although not especially difficult, these plants are picky about how they like to be treated. Game on!
I followed some basic rules for African Violet care…well drained soil, bright but indirect light, temps that are not too cold and not too hot, a little humidity, a little bit of fertilizer and the right pot. Told you it was simple.
I received the plants in plastic pots and while they are doing fine, it looks like they will soon outgrow their space, so I’ve decided to purchase a couple of specially designed ceramic African Violet pots. Basically, these pots within a pot promote proper drainage. I found lots of them available on line.
There’s tons of information out there on growing African Violets but here is something I found on the African Violet Society of America website. It’s written for beginners…simple, straight forward and thorough and it seems to be working for me so far!