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Taking Care of Violet Plants

By Pamela Gardapee ; Updated September 21, 2017

Violet plants will produce tiny flowers month after month if they are given the proper care. The African violet that does not have the proper nutrients in the soil will become a green foliage plant instead of a flowering plant. Taking care of violet plants does take some time if you want the plant to produce flowers. The correct amount of water, light and fertilizer is necessary in the care the African violet.

Water the violet plants when the soil is just starting to dry. The soil must be kept moist, but not wet. When watering the plant, use warm water and add water to the soil. Try not to get water on the leaves or flowers.

Place the plant in a west, east or south window with indirect sunlight. The east window is the best. A few hours of direct sunlight from the morning sun will not hurt the plant.

Keep the room temperatures between 60 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Use gravel in the drainage tray so that the plant is not sitting in water. The water in the drainage tray will help keep the humidity around the plant at a medium level.

Use an African violet fertilizer because it does not have nitrates. The violet cannot have an all-purpose fertilizer because of the nitrates in the fertilizer.

Control pests that might attack the plant with a mild soapy solution applied with a spray bottle. Spray the leaves with the solution on top and underneath the leaves. This is best done when the plant is not flowering.

Cut off the flowers as they die so that new flowers can grow. Keep the plant in an area with good ventilation. If new soil is needed, use an African violet potting soil. It is specially formulated for this particular plant.


Things You Will Need

  • Nitrate free fertilizer
  • Gravel
  • Spray bottle
  • Mild soap

About the Author


Pamela Gardapee is a writer with more than seven years experience writing Web content. Being functional in finances, home projects and computers has allowed Gardapee to give her readers valuable information. She studied accounting, computers and writing before offering her tax, computer and writing services to others.