Monthly Archives: May 2012

Am I an African Violet Whisperer?


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?

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