Once a very popular plant, African violets were found on almost every kitchen window sill. They are making a comeback and rightfully should. Given the right window (they prefer east or west facing windows), and watered properly (from underneath, they don’t like to get their leaves wet), they will thrive and flower for almost anyone.
Saintpaulia ionan are one of the hardier varieties for brown thumbs wanting to try their hand at a flowering plant. If you are having trouble getting them to bloom, they may need more light. However, if the leaves look bleached out they are getting too much direct light.
African violets prefer to be kept slightly moist but will forgive a dry pot from time to time, over watering though can prove deadly. When watering, water below the leaves to prevent leaf spot.
This plant’s leaves are slightly hairy, which helps it to retain moisture but it does not like cold temperatures and the leaves will wrinkle in protest.
There are a variety of colourful and lacy looking varieties to choose from that will suit your mood or decor.
Saintpaulia ionantha 'Ballerina Fully'. Saintpaulia ionantha 'Bells'. Saintpaulia ionantha 'Wendy'.