What Are The Best Type Of Pots For African Violets?

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?

  • The most fuss free material is plastic, you don’t have to worry about the soil drying out.
  • They are also long lasting.
  • They are available in variety of sizes and colors.
  • Below is a 4″ in diameter plastic pot, this is a good size for standard or large African Violet plants.

What kind of pots for baby African Violet plants or leaves?

  • For newly potted African Violet baby plantlets or putting down leaves for propagation, I would recommend small plastic mouthwash cups.
  • They come in 2″ or 3″ sizes.
  • You can drill 2-3 holes underneath for drainage.
  • Below are images showing African Violet plants and / or leaves in mouthwash cups.

Can I use ceramic pots for my African Violet plants?

  • The other material is ceramic, these look pretty and you can get lovely vintage varieties in different sizes, shapes and designs.
  • You can pot your African Violet plant directly into the ceramic pot, if it has adequate drainage and is the correct size.
  • To learn more about what size pot to use for your African Violet plants, check out, “What Pot Size To Use For African Violet Plants?.
  • Otherwise, you can hide your plastic potted African Violet plant in a slightly larger ceramic container. This is just for decorative purposes. Below are two images of a potted plant displayed inside a ceramic pot.

Can I use clay pots for my African Violet plants?

  • You can use clay pots, but those are least recommended.
  • You would have to continuously monitor the watering in clay pots, as they dry out quickly.
  • The cycle of wet/dry soil can stress out the African Violet plant roots.
  • Also they can break, if you are not careful.
  • They can also develop mold in and around the pots.

Self-watering pots for African Violet plants?

  • Self-watering pots can also work well for African Violet plants.
  • I would recommend using self-watering pots for well rooted plants.
  • I don’t think plants with a smaller or weaker root system would work well with a self-watering pot.

What kind of pots to use for trailing African Violet plants?

  • Trailers like to grow in shallow pots.
  • A pot with minimum 2″ depth would work well.
  • Azalea pots work well.
  • Even bulb pans work well too.
  • You can drill holes in shallow plastic dishes / pans too.

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4 thoughts on “What Are The Best Type Of Pots For African Violets?

  1. I have 3 mini trailing violet.
    I’m having trouble finding a shallow plastic pan to plant them in. I can only find terracotta ones.
    Do you have any suggestions on what to do please.

    1. Hello Sharon, thank you for your question, there is this shallow bulb pan, which can work, https://amzn.to/3fck9zd. Otherwise, can use a shallow plastic doggie bowl or similar bowl and drill holes in it. You can also use a regular sized wide pot and add perlite at the bottom, 2-3 inches and then top off with soil. Hope this helps,
      regards,
      BV

  2. hi there, i’m successfully propagating violets at this point…but your mouthwash cup suggestion is genius! can you tell me what you’re using besides the cups? just a string/wick of some sort through the holes in the bottom (does it run in and out, or up to the plant) and what do you use underneath–just water or some kind of mat on the tray? i’ve just been reusing plastic violet pots, sometimes with a ziplock around them, but i’m running out of those. i’d like to start a large tray of them now that i’ve got some more soil. thank you for any additional information!

    1. Hello Lauren,
      thank you for your question and kind words. I used to use mouthwash cups, I have now graduated to 2″ plastic pots, similar to these, https://amzn.to/3bEIlIQ. Yes, I string my wick through the pot drainage holes, it dangles out from the bottom. However, I have stopped dangling it out from the top of the soil, I know tuck in the wick into the soil at the top, it doesnt stick out of the soil from the top. This way the top wick is not dry and not always trying to absorb moisture from the air, it remains moist in the soil. I use both capillary mat fabric on my trays, similar to these in white, https://amzn.to/3g5JMBC and also canning jars filled with water (the medium sized one). A 2″ pot will sit perfectly inside a medium sized glass canning jar. Yes, you can start a large tray on capillary matting or with canning jars sitting on the tray. I use boot mats, similar to these for trays, https://amzn.to/33IPBQm and also the standard 1020 plant trays, similar to these, https://amzn.to/2WznO2O. Hope this helps, regards, BV

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