African Violet with litte sign - $5 (concord / pleasant hill / martinez)

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The wonderful thing about African violets is they manage to bloom off and on throughout the entire year and are easy to propagate. Mine usually bloom late spring and in the fall, and they explode with flowers, especially if I keep them under a glass dome (they love humidity). The one I have for sale will start to bloom in late spring, early summer with pretty pale lavender-pink flowers. This plant comes planted in a 4.5" terracotta pot and also comes with a sign that says, "LATE BLOOMER". They are relatively fast growers, springing up new leaves from the center of the plant.

African violets are not difficult to grow, but they can be a bit finicky. Here are a few tips for success:

1. LIGHT: Don’t be afraid to give them some full sun exposure between November and early March, when days are short and the sun is particularly weak. Otherwise keep by a very brightly lit window during summer and late fall.

2. WATERING: The soil should be kept relatively moist at all times. Follow the golden rule of watering: water deeply, enough to moisten the entire root ball, then allow the soil to dry out before watering again. Simply sink a finger into the soil every 3 or 4 days. If it appears dry, water the plant; if it doesn’t, don’t. Best if you water it from below rather than from above because African violet leaves are easily marred or become damaged when water is inadvertently spilled on top of them. To avoid that from happening, water from below, filling the plant’s saucer with tepid water and letting it drink its fill. If you want to water from above, Just lift the leaves on one side of the plant with one hand and direct the spout of the watering can directly onto the soil with the other. Avoid getting water on the leaves.

3. HUMIDITY: When the air is too dry it often makes the flower buds abort. For best bloom, try to keep the relative humidity above 55% or KEEP UNDER A GLASS DOME (that's what I do with mine) which keeps it in a humid environment and the soil moist. You can also place your African violets on a humidity tray, also called a pebble tray. As the name suggests, it raises the humidity level.

4. TEMPERATURE: African violets are a tropical plant and don't like cool conditions. Keep temperatures above 60 °F throughout the year. And be careful: a spot too close to a cold window in winter, even in a well-heated room, can be cold enough to harm the plant.

5. FERTILIZE: Pretty much any fertilizer will give good results. Follow instruction on container and only fertilize about every two weeks AND ONLY during the spring and summer.

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