Be very careful in watering your African violet.
Do not put any water on the leaves. It creates crown rot, fungal problems and it just discolors
your leaves. You can water it by a wick. My favorite way to water my African violets is
this: Take a large pan, put your African violets on the pan, take your fertilizer, your water
soluble fertilizer; in fertilizing your African violets, you want to use something of a twenty,
twenty, twenty nature, triple sixteen, so long as its water soluble and you apply it
once a week when you water. You can take a spray bottle, being careful not to miss the
leaves. You can put pots of warm water around your African violets, creating a humidity
bath that way. My favorite way is this; take the saucer that’s one size larger than your
African violet, fill it full of gravel. Then fill your saucer two-thirds of the weight
with warm water. Take your African violet and sit it on top of the gravel making sure
that the African violet is not sitting in the water. Another wonderful tip is if you
live in an area that has a lot of chlorine in your water, make sure that you leave your
water overnight so that the chlorine can evaporate and when you water your African violets, use
warm water or room temperature water. African violets do not like extreme temperature changes.
When you have your African violets in your home, make sure they are not close to a either
a heater or an air conditioner or an open door that can create a draft. Again, the ideal
temperature for your African violets is between 68 and 78 with the ideal temperature in your
home being 72 or 74. If you keep these temperatures at a constant, you will have a very happy
African violet.