- Keep soil moist to dry, and allow soil around roots to dry out before watering again. Avoid getting water on the leaves as this can cause spotting damage. Don't over water it too, always maintain good air circulation around your plants. It can prevent the growth of fungi as Botrytis and Powdery Mildew. Keep them in door to avoid heavy rain especially in raining season.
- Always use a slightly shallow pot to prevent over watering. For the same reason, you should never allow an African Violet to remain in a pot that is too large for it. A lot of people like to change a bigger pot for the newly bought plant, they always think bigger space is good for the plants to grow, but it is not always right. If you use a pot too big or too deep, the African Violet's roots will not reach the bottom. As a result, the soil remains overly moist. African Violets perform best and are less susceptible to disease when their roots fit snugly into a pot.
- Most of the people like to spray water on the leaves, it is a very wrong way of watering this plant. Excessive moisture on the leaves can cause the plants infected by Powdery mildew (a light gray, powdery substance on the stems and petioles), promote the growth of fungi such as Crown Rot or Pythium etc. This shortens the life of blooms and even the growth of the plants.
- Just in case your plants get infected by diseases, one of my simple way is cutting off all the stems and leaves, allow two weeks time for new and healthy shoot to grow.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
ABC Wednesday-A for African violet
African Violet is one of the easygoing houseplant in Singapore. They don't need direct sunlight and just nice to survive in our weather. Grow them near the window where the place is bright and have sufficient air circulation with the indirect sunlight or indoor light. Here is my newly blooms of pink color flowers.