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Growing African violets under Grow Lights

African violets under lightsGrowing African violets is rewarding, not to mention beautiful! Enjoying these beautiful flowers year round in your home is easy, especially with this step-by step method.

Before You Begin

The secret to African violets is simple – this is a plant that has very specific needs, all of which need to be met if you want your violet to thrive. For instance, you must take care not to splash water on their leaves, or the greenery will be damaged. African violets also need a set temperature and specific amounts of nutrients and light.

The most effective way to provide the perfect environment African violets need to flourish is to purchase a plant stand with a grow light, along with a timer and fertilizer designed specifically for your violets.

Growing African Violet Instructions:

    1. Begin right away with choosing the best plant you can from your plant store. The leaves should be green and healthy, and you should look for one that hasn’t budded yet, if at all possible. Fill a small-spouted watering can with water and let it sit overnight to get rid of the tap water chemicals. This will also allow the water to attain a lukewarm, tepid temperature. Immediately re-pot your violet, which leads to Step 2.

    2. Re-pot your African violet in a shallow plastic or glazed clay pot with a deep saucer underneath it to catch the runoff. The saucer should be deep enough to come well up the sides of the violet pot. Put some pebbles in the bottom, closing up the drainage holes, and use specific violet potting soil if you can. Otherwise, amend your potting soil so that it winds up as 1/3 potting soil, 1/3 peat moss and 1/3 vermiculite or perlite. These additives will ensure that your soil has the correct Ph balance for your African violet. When you re-pot, place your soil mix in the bottom of the pot and hold your violet in the middle of the pot. Gradually add soil around your violet. When it stands up on its own, add a little bit more soil around the top and gently press it down with your fingertips. Don’t squish the soil! The soil needs to be loosely compacted in order to create the right environment for your violet.

    3. Take your tepid water and water the saucer until water comes to the brim. Let your violet sit in the saucer water for about an hour. This will provide the humidity violets need without drowning the roots. Every time you water your violet from now on, however, water it according to Step 4:

    4. Take your deep saucer and the rest of your pebbles and put a layer of pebbles about ½” deep in the bottom of the saucer. They need to be as level as possible because you will place the violet’s pot on top of them. When you water your violet, water the pebbles in the saucer, taking care to not let the water touch the bottom of the actual violet pot. Never water an African violet from above; if the water touches the leaves it could kill the leaves. Never use cold water straight from the tap. Always let it sit over night. Check the water level of the pebbles every few days and top it off if the water level is low.

    5. Situate your African violet under your grow-light and make sure that it’s not getting too much light. If it is, the leaves will turn brown. Adjust your timer accordingly.

Using these 5 simple steps you should have beautiful African violets in no time!

 

 
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