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4" African Violet


African Violet is not truly a violet, but it is from East Africa, where it was collected in the late 1800s by a few intrepid collectors, and when seeds were sent to Germany by intrepid collector Baron St. Paul, the plant was grown and named for him, Ionantha Saintpaulia. Ionantha means "violet-like flower". Seeds then sent on to America began a great hybridizing program resulting in our myriad violet colors and shapes of today. Soft, oval, fuzzy, delicate leaves spring out from the center of the plant on fleshy, juicy, stems. All different sizes and colors and even variegated colors are possible. The flowers rise up from the center more often than not; gorgeous clusters of simple blooms in myriad colors. Expect them to get as big as 9" around. They love smallish pots and don't need transplanting unless simply huge for the pot. A bright spot on a counter or desk is ideal, they need the light and adore windowsills, maybe the kitchen window where you can see them daily and be reminded to water them. Bottom watering is easy, and keeps water drops from hitting the leaves. Those leaves don't like water drops. Careful top watering is fine too. Feed often, a very weak solution of your regular plant food is good and can be done every time you water. Some great information and help can be found at the African Violet Society of America. You can so get addicted to them, so many people are! They come in myriad colors and although we can't choose a specific hue, we will pick out the very best and lovliest one on the bench for you.

  • Air Purifying
  • Pet Friendly

Quick Care Guide:

  • Water - Medium (3): Water plant when dry. Plant does not like soil to always be moist, but doesn't like to stay dry once becomes dry. Water as soon as soil is dry.
  • Light - Medium (3):  Plant prefers natural, diffused light. Can be placed in a spacious living room. Indirect light preferred. No direct sunlight on leaves.
  • Difficulty - Medium (3):  Not too difficult to keep happy, but does require some attention.

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