Cyclamen Mites on African Violet Plants

What are Cyclamen Mites? Cyclamen mites are very tiny pests, belonging to the spider family; they are spider like and can attack African Violet plants. They are very small, measuring just 0.5mm in length and are usually invisible to the naked eye. You would need a magnifying glass to see them. Cyclamen Mites feed on […]

History & What Is African Violet Leaf Variegation?

What is the history of African Violet variegation? African Violet, perlite and coco coir shown below: What is African Violet leaf variegation? How does African Violet leaf variegation happen? African Violet leaf variegation can occur due to several reasons, including genetic mutations, virus infections, and other factors that affect chlorophyll production. Some of the most […]

The Soil and Root pH of African Violet Plants

What is soil pH? Soil pH measures the activity of the hydronium ion (H+) in a soil suspension solution. The soil suspension is made of one part soil and one part water. Soil pH indicates the acidity or alkalinity of the soil suspension and is measured in units. This unit measurement is on a scale […]

What Are The Best Type Of Pots For African Violets?

Choosing a pot for your African Violet plant is personal preference, however, you can keep in mind some basic guidelines to help you choose the right pot. What kind of pot material is optimum for growing African Violet plants? Examples of 2″ & 4″plastic pots, great to keep a few extra in your growing tools: […]

Decapitating African Violet Crowns, Why And How?

Why do we need to decapitate African Violet crowns? How to decapitate the African Violet crown? Example1: This African Violet plant has developed a soil infestation. Tool recommendations below, can keep ready while preparing African Violets for decapitation: Example 2: African Violet, perlite and coco coir shown below: Example 3: Examples of commercially available African […]

Capillary Mat Watering African Violet Plants : How To Use And Set Up

What are mats / capillary matting? Examples of capillary matting used for watering African Violet plants shown below: How does capillary matting work; for African Violet plants? What materials to use for capillary mat watering of African Violet plants? Examples of capillary matting used for watering African Violet plants shown below: How to prepare your […]

African Violet Sports: What Are They and How Do They Occur?

What is an African Violet sport? Do African Violet sports happen naturally? Why do African Violet sports occur? African Violet potting mix, perlite and sphagnum mss shown below: How can I identify/ confirm an African Violet sport? Is there an official list of African Violet sports? Few reference books below regarding African Violets, some of […]

What Pot Size To Use For African Violet Plants?

Why do African Violet plants need to be in a certain size pots? What is the ideal pot size for my African Violet plant? (a) Choosing pot size based upon type of African Violet: Examples of 2″ & 3″plastic pots, great to keep a few extra in your growing tools: (b) Choosing pot size based […]

Cleaning African Violet Plants, Why & How To?

Why clean your African Violet plants? Which tool should I use to brush off / clean dust / soil from African Violet leaves? Below are recommendations of useful items used to clean / groom African Violet plants: How to brush off / clean dust / soil from African Violet plants? Below are recommendations of useful […]

Artificial Lighting For African Violet Plants: Part II LED Lighting

What are LED Lights: How do LED lights generate light? LED Lights Compared To Fluorescent Lights: African Violet Plants Underneath LED Lights: Replacement LED Tube Light Bulbs: LED replacement T8 tube light bulbs: Below are recommendations for LED replacement T8 bulbs to grow African Violet plants: Direct-wire/Ballast bypass LED tubes:  Below are recommendations for Direct-wire/Ballast […]