Caring for African Violets : Feeding & Watering Tips for African Violets

By Grover Koelpin 8 comments

Be very careful in watering your African violet.
Do not put any water on the leaves. It creates crown rot, fungal problems and it just discolors
your leaves. You can water it by a wick. My favorite way to water my African violets is
this: Take a large pan, put your African violets on the pan, take your fertilizer, your water
soluble fertilizer; in fertilizing your African violets, you want to use something of a twenty,
twenty, twenty nature, triple sixteen, so long as its water soluble and you apply it
once a week when you water. You can take a spray bottle, being careful not to miss the
leaves. You can put pots of warm water around your African violets, creating a humidity
bath that way. My favorite way is this; take the saucer that’s one size larger than your
African violet, fill it full of gravel. Then fill your saucer two-thirds of the weight
with warm water. Take your African violet and sit it on top of the gravel making sure
that the African violet is not sitting in the water. Another wonderful tip is if you
live in an area that has a lot of chlorine in your water, make sure that you leave your
water overnight so that the chlorine can evaporate and when you water your African violets, use
warm water or room temperature water. African violets do not like extreme temperature changes.
When you have your African violets in your home, make sure they are not close to a either
a heater or an air conditioner or an open door that can create a draft. Again, the ideal
temperature for your African violets is between 68 and 78 with the ideal temperature in your
home being 72 or 74. If you keep these temperatures at a constant, you will have a very happy
African violet.



Apr 4, 2011, 9:16 am Reply

Interesting…sounds very interesting just bought a few so we'll see…

Brayna Taylor

Dec 12, 2011, 5:12 am Reply

I know how you feel I had someone take a tree out of my yard that was just planted not a large one lol but I saw it in my neighbors yard and I went and took it back well its still in my yard. so keep your eye out you may see who has them. this is a good warning thanks for sharing.


Apr 4, 2012, 5:02 am Reply

Did I miss the part about "feeding" . I thought this was going to be about fertilizing

Pople BackyardFarm

Jun 6, 2015, 2:58 pm Reply

I raise violets on my farm – loved looking at all your gorgeous violets 🙂


Feb 2, 2017, 5:32 pm Reply

How much water does it need?

Orlando Gutierrez

Apr 4, 2017, 4:10 am Reply


Jassmina Vellucciano

Nov 11, 2018, 10:04 pm Reply

I water from the bottom

Althea Brown

Sep 9, 2019, 10:41 pm Reply

mine sleep on my patio and come hell or high water, there's where they will be… may the strong survive!!!

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