Starting African Violets

I think African Violets are really pretty, but I have a horrible history with indoor plants. They always die! I have been able to successfully kill English Ivy, Vines, peace plants and many other indoor plants. (In my defense, anything that grows outside usually does awesome!)

But this past weekend I was admiring my Mother-In-Laws African Violets. She offered to help me grow my own African Violets. Hmmmm….. I’m game to try!

Here’s the process of starting African Violets from a leaf:

Pinch off a leaf from a healthy plant. Make sure you pick the larger leaf that has a long stem.

Wet the end of the stem and dip in a rooting compound. (She already had the African Violet rooting compound, so I just used that.)

Apparently African Violets need to be watered from the bottom. So I borrowed a special pot that you fill from the bottom. Another lady who grows Violets places the leaves in a styrofoam cup and uses a mister to mist the dirt. I was told to make sure I didn’t get the leaves wet when I watered.

When to water
I am supposed to refill the water only when the bottom of the special pot is dry. I guess if the violets get too much water, they won’t grow.

Now I wait….and watch for the leaves to start growing! I’ll keep you posted on my process.

Do you grow African Violets? Any special tips I need to know? I’d love to hear your experiences and see pictures of your indoor plants!

Disclosure: The first picture is not my African Violets. That picture is strictly for inspiration. The picture is my Mother-in-laws! My Violets are the second picture!

About Sharon Williams

Sharon Williams is a mom of 3 who loves to read, travel, take pictures, work in the flowers and spend time with family. When she's not blogging, she's probably out enjoying life so she'll have something fun to blog about tomorrow!


    • hobbiesonabudget says

      Jade???? That would be awesome. I don’t have a clue what a jade plant is but I’d love to try that too. Please do send a picture of your african violet! You can email it to me or post it on the facebook page.

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