African Violets For Days

 

Have you been searching for a house plant that will give you flowers throughout the year, that will not outgrow its bounds, and that will grow happily in the same temperature and humidity ranges that you, too, prefer? Then you ought to consider growing African violets in your home.

Not only do African violets satisfy the foregoing requirements, but they are also available in a great variety of colours, foliage types, and styles of flowers so that there is always something new to keep your interest and enthusiasm going. Along with all these advantages, they are inexpensive – and so easy to propagate that in no time at all, you can grow enough new plants to more than satisfy your own needs and those of friends as well.

Coming close to being an all purpose decorating item, you tend to find them in mass displays. Unlike many other house plants that eventually may outgrow their allotted spaces, African violets will remain a predictable size and can be easily moved to any suitable location in the home.

Bringing African violets into flower does not depend on secret knowledge or the proverbial “green thumb.” It involves an understanding of the basic and simple needs.

Give them Light!

All plants must have light to survive, and African violets are no exception. Though they will grow on a southern window, there they will probably have only leaves and no bloom. Generally, African violets need all the light they can get throughout the year except in summer when full sun may be too intense.

It’s easy to tell when plants have to much sun: Foliage turns yellow and lead edges burn. Too little light produces lovely dark green foliage but few, if any, flowers.

Hot Tip! Turn plants a complete 360 degrees every month so that all leaves will receive equal shares of light.

Temperature

In the home, African violets will be comfortable if you are. A daytime temperature of 23 degrees is fine, with night temperature staying about 14 degrees as extreme cold will damage plants.

Along with comfortable temperatures, African violets need a well-ventilated growing area. The stagnant air of a closed room only invites poor health and performance.

The best solution is to provide indirect ventilation, an open window in the adjoining room or away from direct drafts.

Watering Pointers

Use water which is approximately at room temperature and bottom water. Bottom watering – putting water in the saucer and letting the soil in the pot soak it up by capillary action, it easy and it avoids the possibility of getting water into a plants crown.

Make sure not to wet the leaves of the African violet, if you do decide to water from above the plant may respond by developing leaf spot.

 

The Jade “Money” Plant

 

The Money Plant or Jade Plant is one of the most famous and popular of the many succulents used as indoor plants and known to be a symbol of vibrant energy; the owner’s fortunes are believed to increase with each new leaf and Feng Shui enthusiasts even claim it provides positive mental health benefits by nourishing the chi.

The idea of keeping plants indoors is to harmonise human life with the surrounding environment and placement of such plants are chosen to hopefully reflect this growing energy in your own bank balance.

The Jade Plant is easy to look after and has amazing longevity, this is reflected in its past popularity. The impolite phrase “old fashioned” might be slung around when describing the Jade Plant, but as with anything, fashions come and go. So if you like it, pay no attention to the reputation.

This is a plant whose characteristics can evoke emotions. Whether by its radiant beauty, its tiny white flowers, the shape of its leaves or its majestic height, you will no doubt, as have those in the past, experience the overwhelming reasons why you would want to keep such as plant.

With that said, we all know money doesn’t grow on trees, but this one looks a million bucks, so start cultivating that wealth.