As the trees disappear, so does the canopy that shades the ground-hugging violets. The sudden exposure to unobstructed sunlight is more than the plants, which thrive in moist conditions in low and filtered light, can withstand. The result is that the Saintpaulias tends to literally burn up.
Discovered in 1892, the botanical name for African violets honors Baron Walter von St Paul-Illaire. (Saintpaulias)
Is The African Violet Going Extinct?
Are All African Violets The Same?
- There are some species that have foliage that will change color depending on the light condition
- There’s a couple of plants that, as they’re exposed to longer days, their foliage will actually become almost stripped by the end of the day and then revert back to dark green overnight.
- There are some species that have leaves with very short hairs so the texture is very velvety to the touch
Can We Control What An African Violet Looks Like?
African Violet Mths.
- You have to water from the bottom. Rain always falls from the sky.
- Can’t get water on the leaves. It’s not the water that hurts the plants; it’s the temperature of the water. Water plants with room-temperature water.
- Have to use blossom-boosting fertilizer.
- Have to use self-water pots.
Pinch off spent blossoms and blossom stems to encourage the development of new blooms.
Place plants away from floor vents, fans, or entrance doors to avoid air drafts and bursts of cold air.
The amount of light that an African Violet receives is important for its health and overall performance. They thrive in moderate to bright, indirect, indoor light.
African violets, are a genus of 6–20 species of herbaceous perennial flowering plants in the family Gesneriaceae