African Violet Soil / Potting Mix

African Violet Soil / Potting Mix

Why is African Violet Soil Potting Mix Important?

  • The soil or potting mix in which an African Violet is planted is very important for the overall survival of the plant.
  • This is because the plants roots spend all of their time within this soil mixture.
  • Healthy soil promotes healthy root growth which in turn will lead to a healthy African Violet plant.
  • Healthy roots also ensure the efficient uptake of water and nutrients from the soil.

What Are the Three Most Important Points?

Three most important points to remember about African Violet Soil / Potting Mix:

  • The soil should be light, loose and airy (this can be achieved by the addition of perlite, vermiculite or sand which can create air pockets in the soil promoting healthy root growth).
  • Conversely, the soil should not be compacted, heavy, dense or packed hard, this will prevent root penetration through the soil, leading to poor root growth.
  • African Violets should be re-potted in fresh soil every 6 months and kept in the same size pot. Do not re-pot to a larger pot. African Violets like to be slightly root bound which promotes flowering. Root bound is when the roots start to grow out of the pot holes underneath the pot or when roots show on the upper surface of the soil.
  • For more information on re-potting African Violets, can visit blog post, “How Often To Change African Violet Potting Soil Mix & Why?”.

Simple African Violet Potting Mix Recipes

Below are three common African Violet Potting Mix recipes:

Commercial Miracle Gro Afrcan Violet Potting Mix

How to Prepare Soil Mix for Re-Potting or Potting African Violets?

  • Prepare the soil mix in a well-ventilated area.
  • Add room temperature or tepid water to the soil mix till the mix is moist but not wet.
  • Fill up the pots with moist soil mix using spoon or hands.
  • Use a pencil or tool to make a hole in the center area of the soil mix.
  • Take out African Violet plant from existing pot and remove any dead/ dry/ mushy/ yellow leaves.
  • Shake/remove excess soil sticking to roots. Can also trim roots if too long.
  • If plant has a long neck, clean that area by gently removing roots and dead /dry plant tissue.
  • Place African Violet plant , its neck and its roots inside the center area of soil mix.
  • Cover roots /neck of plant with soil mix till the lower ring of leaf stems just graze the soil.

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12 thoughts on “African Violet Soil / Potting Mix

  1. Hi there I am a South African eher in South Africa can one buy this soil for African Violets please I am desperate

  2. Would an organic african violet potting soil be a better choice? I’d rather just buy one bag that works and not have to supplement my purchase with additional ones.

    1. Hello Stacey,

      thank you for your question. Any mix would work as long as it has coarse perlite in the mix. Even if the mix is organic, the texture of the mix has to be loose, its better if there is no added fertilizer and it should have perlite in it for drainage. A dense compact mix wont work. The mix can be organic or non-organic, as long as it has coarse perlite or even vermiculite will work. Hope this helps,
      regards,
      BV

  3. I need a recipe for water wicking potting soil for mini African violets ( I have 30 minis at this moment ). I see where I can purchase it but that is way to expensive for me with the amount I need every 6 months!
    Please
    and Thank you

    1. Hello Clyde,

      thank you for your question. For wicking soil, the main thing to keep in mind a lightweight soil, so that water can easily pass through the wick into the soil. I use a 50:50 mix of peat moss:perlite and a nylon twine as a wick and it works for me. Remember to use coarse perlite. More potting mix recipes can be found in my potting soil mix article, and they can all be used for wicking, as long as the perlite amount is 50%. Hope this helps,
      regards,
      BV

    1. Hello Linda,
      thank you for your question. To use this mix, make sure to wet the soil completely, mix 1 cup soil with 2 cups water and blend with fingers and mix till soil is no longer dry and is moist. Can let the water soak in the soil for an hour, it should absorb the water and become moist. If its still dry, then can add a little more water to allow the soil to absorb. Use this moist soil to re-pot your plant. Hope this helps,
      regards, BV

    2. am very disappointed in this baby violets soil. took forever to mix. once I finally got it mixed I planted my Violet. The next afternoon the soil was completely dried out. I PUT THE SOIL IN A ZIP LOCK BAG AND ADDED WATER , LET IT SET UNTIL MIXED. Should have stayed with Miracle Grow for Violets

      1. Hello Linda,
        thank you for your question. To use this mix, make sure to wet the soil completely, mix 1 cup soil with 2 cups water. Do this slowly, add half cup water, then mix, then add another cup and so on. Blend with fingers and mix till soil is no longer dry and is moist. Can let the water soak in the soil for an hour, it should absorb the water and become moist. Can also leaves soil overnight in water, it does take a while to absorb the water a the soil is peat based. If its still dry, then can add a little more water to allow the soil to absorb. Use this moist soil to re-pot your plant. Hope this helps,
        regards, BV

  4. Id like to mix 1 part rinsed miracle gro brand perlite and 1 part miracle gro brand peat moss (only products available in my little town) for my wick watered AV. They are grown indoors where it is approximately 50% humidity.

    Two questions:
    1.Will the pH of this mixture work for my AV?
    2.Do you suggest to bake the prat moss in order to sterilize before using it?

    1. Hello Kitty,
      thank you for your question. I am not sure about the pH of these mixtures for AV’s. However, they do both contain fertilizer, which is too much for the AV’s. I would recommend using the miracle gro brand peat moss and mix it with a coarse perlite (which contains no fertilizer). That way the mix is not overloaded with fertilizer. I do not think you need to bake the peat moss before use, you can use directly from the bag.
      BV

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