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.

 

5 Tips to Keep Your House Plants Healthy

 

Best ways to decorate your home with plants

Decorating your home with pot plants is easy and doesn’t take much to make that eye catching feature you want. Choose a pot that makes a statement, decorating your home with some quirky pot plants not only adds some greenery to your life but adds character by using clean and white pot plants for a sleek finish or golds and bronze pots for a rustic look. For a bold statement in the home add plants with big leaves such as palms, umbrella trees and ferns. You can maintain these to appear as big or small as you like. If you have a very neutral home spice it up with some colour. Orchids are great because they not only are interesting to look at they are a beautiful flower as well and can add feature to any dull room. Violets are also extremely easy to grow, maintain and bloom all year round.

Why pot plants make better decorations than materials

While pot plants make a great natural feature for the home they also boost your mood and improve wellbeing. Plants also create a fresh natural environment, which you can style to different décor styles and homes.

Benefits of having house plants

Plants add a sense of life and energy to a home which is why you should add them to your interior styling as it creates a natural and vibrant ‘wow’ factor. Indoor plants set a welcoming tone as the colours of nature make our homes feel fresh, calm as well as renewed, which is a nice ambiance to enjoy after coming home for a long day of work. Not only do indoor plants make a space feel alive, they also add great texture, shape and colour to a room. Plants are also a long term design solution as they can stand the test of time. This can save you money in the long run.

What you need to know about pot plants

When gardening indoors it’s important to take into consideration the follow points. Do I have the right light? Different pot plants thrive on different lights, make sure you tailor your indoor garden to the right lighting needs. Make sure you understand that some plants are poisonous to animals such as the peace lily to cats and dogs – so check these details about your chosen plants before bringing them into the home.

You also need to understand your plants needs – a lot of plants are seasonal based so a lot of your greenthumb work needs to go into the off season. Making sure you have a clear understanding of what is required to care for you plant is really important for the survival.

Tips on looking after indoor plants

Make sure you position pot plants around the home according to their light levels and temperatures, some plants thrive in the colder temperatures, where some need light. Do not over water your plants. While you think you might be doing them a favour some pot plants only require a small amount of water and too much can drown them. 

Be aware of the types of diseases your indoor plants can catch. For example, indoor palms can catch mealy bugs. To avoid this, wipe down the palm leaves and spray a palm safe insecticide. 

5 tips to keep your plants healthy 

1. Keep soil moist with regular but light watering, keep a tray to catch any excess water below to avoid over watering them.

2. Make sure your plants have the right air supply, especially if they are inside. They not only need fresh air to grow it also helps reduce diseases.

3. Fertilise every one to two months pending on your plant. Always make sure you have information about your plant as so many indoor plants vary.

4. Keep an eye out for bugs, if you notice any bugs on your plants remove them and get rid of any dead excess leaves to prevent diseases.

5. Repot your plants every 1 – 2 years pending how quickly they grow. This will help your plant thrive and grow.