African violets are one of the most magnificent flower species in the world. They were first discovered by Baron Walter von Saint Paul-Illaire, who administered the Usambara District of German East Africa. Thanks to this discovery in 1892, nowadays people shouldn’t travel to Tanzania and Kenya and hike in the Eastern Arc Mountains in order to have a chance to see African violets. They can find these charming plants in the flower shop, located right in their city, as they are among the most widespread house plants all around the world.
African violets perfectly suit to the indoor home gardens of hobbysts and collectors, where they can be provided light and room temperatures.
Even though African violets got used to tropical climate conditions, most of their species naturally grow high in the mountains and very often may be found under the cover of some other bigger plants. Therefore African violets perfectly suit to the indoor home gardens of hobbysts and collectors, where they can be provided light and room temperatures.
People, who have enough experience in growing African violets at home, advise to repot this flower at least once a year. Don’t forget to inspect your plant once in a while. You should check if the leaves of your violet are healthy and if it was blooming not too long time ago. You may also pull your violet out of the pot a bit to see if the root system is not somehow damaged.
It is recommended to repot African violets at least once a year.
Whether you decided to repot your African violet in accordance with your repotting plan just to keep it beautiful and healthy or you just bought it and want to repot from the plastic nursery container, one of the most suitable pots for your African violet will be definitely Calipso by Santino with wick system and water level control.
is two-in-one pot which contains two parts:
● inner pot with wick and drainage holes for a better moisture of the roots and easy oxygen circulation;
● external stylish pot with water reservoir and water level clear window.
Calipso by Santino is:
● SELF-WATERING WICK SYSTEM WITH CLEAR VIEW WINDOW. The best solution for water loving plants moist roots for over 4 weeks
● TIME SAVING/HASSLE FREE. The best solution for those who are busy
● FAST GROWTH. Our system enables optimal air circulation in the roots
● UNIQUE LACQUER PLASTIC POT. Durable UV stable planter great for indoor outdoor use
Made of plastic, Santino pots are strong, durable and reusable, year after year. All self-watering planters include a large built-in reservoir which draws water to the roots for up to 4 weeks and prevents them from rotting by allowing an easy oxygen circulation. Santino pots are great for an outdoor garden, balcony, indoor decoration, greening projects etc.
Pour the first layer of soil, which shouldn’t be much since you need to leave enough space for the root ball. Instead of soil, different types of peat mixtures, suitable for your plants, can be used.
Place your violet into the flower pot. Try not disturb the roots. African violets’ roots are more about to grow out, then they do down, therefore the shape of Calipso by Santino was specifically designed to let all flower parts feel more comfortable in it.
The shape of Calipso by Santino was specifically designed to let all flower parts feel more comfortable in it.
Fill the remaining soil around the plant at the bottom of the plant level.
Slightly compress. Make sure that the growing point is not covered with soil.
Water the violet well directly into the soil. These flowers are picky about their watering needs. If you want your flowers to be healthy and blooming, give them only moderate temperature filtered water, that is low in salts. Please avoid getting water on their leaves, as water drops may be damaging and turn into ugly brown spots. However, if some water spilled on the leave, you may gently wipe it away with a piece of soft cloth.
REMEMBER: avoid getting water on violet’s leaves, as water drops may be damaging and turn into ugly brown spots.
Keep an eye on your plant – the water-level window will help you to understand, when it is time to water your plant.
Use the clear window to check the water level.
If the room where you placed your plant is too shadowy, please be ready to reduced blooming of your violet. If your African violet does not bloom, find a better place for it, where it would receive enough light, but don’t put it on direct sun, because it may burn the leaves. Rotate your violets once a week in order to maintain an even shape of your flower as it will be possible only if its leaves will receive the same amount of light.
Find a good place for your African violet, where it would receive enough light, but don’t put it on direct sun.
Room humidity of 50 to 60% will be ideal for your African violet.
Essentially, African violets enjoy the same temperatures that humans do. They feel most comfortable, when a temperature is about 21°C. However, many of them will tolerate temperatures varying between 15°C and 26°C degrees or even higher. Day and night temperature difference shouldn’t comprise more than 5 degrees either way. Your violet will suffer if the temperature will reach too low marks. In this case either your violet won’t flower and will be growing very slowly or it can even go into shock.
African violets feel most comfortable, when a temperature is about 21°C.
Please keep in mind, that Crown Rot can parasitize on your plant, if your violet will become too weak because of cold temperatures and excessive moisture. You should quickly react to improve the situation, if you don’t want to lose your plant.
Fertilize your African violets with specific nutrition every 2-4 weeks. They should be fertilized only from Spring to Autumn. In cold months of the year they don’t need fertilizers.
As soon as you get used to take good care of your African violet, it will become a very simple activity. If you do everything right an on time, your plant will grow very quickly, and you will enjoy its beauty every day.