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African Violet

Saintpaulia spp.

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Tender

13b

USDA zone

18°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

15cm

Max

30cm

10cm

Min

10cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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A photo of African Violet
A photo of African Violet
A photo of African Violet
A photo of African Violet

Overview

Saintpaulia is a genus of low-growing, evergreen perennial species from the Gesneriaceae family. They are virtually stemless plants with somewhat succulent leaves, commonly known by the name African Violet. Recent reclassification has placed them within the genus Streptocarpus.

Common problems

Harvesting

Generally not harvested

Propagation

Cuttings

Root leaf cuttings in summer when temperatures are in the high twenties, use healthy leaves with 5cm stem, place stem 1.3cm into the soil and cover pot with plastic to create a cloche.

Seed

Sow seed as soon as ripe in early spring.

Special Features

Attractive flowers

Indoor plant

Place in filtered light of bright to medium intensity, turning pots often to maintain the shape and prevent flowers from leaning to the light.

Pot plant

Pot the plant into the right soil. Special mixes are available or use equal parts of peat moss, vermiculite and perlite. Water with tepid water at the base of the plant. Avoid wetting the leaves.