I have never successfully raised an African Violet plant nor have I been successful in keeping one alive. There I’ve said it. I’m not proud of it, but its a fact, until now . . .
Who knew that I would finally learn the secret to the secret nature of an African Violet. Call it AVTLC (African Violet tender loving care) . . . DON’T OVER WATER and non-direct sunlight seem to be the key. You can also call me an African Violet Whisperer. Yup, I speak to my African Violet plant every now and then. Usually I say, please, please don’t die on me!
Violetta is proof of that. She was given to me as a get-well gift in February 2011, and I was determined she would grace my home for at least one year. I think my record with this type of indoor house plant is maybe 90 days, but not much longer.
So how have I managed this . . . I remove the moss that sits atop the soil under the two African Violets and soak it for at least 10 minutes. I then drizzle a very tiny bit of water (carefully avoiding the leaves) on the soil, and replace the moss back where it was. I also place the plant near a window but not directly in front of it and rotate it ever week to ensure all sides of it are receiving a bit of Mother Nature.
They say the proof is in the pudding . . . what do you think?