Saintpaulia – African Violet
For year-round blossoms in your home grow African Violets, Saintpaulia. African violets bloom in a large range of colors and forms. You’ll find lavenders, blues, pinks, reds, white, and bicolor, and even some designated as “multi-colored or fantasy” with petals consisting of two or more different colors are splashed, speckled, or striped. Forms include: single pansy-shaped blossom; semi-double blossoms; double blossoms with at least ten petals; star with five equal-sized and evenly-spaced petals; frilled with very wavy petal edges; ruffled with slightly wavy petal edges; and picotee, plants whose petals are white or pastel shades with dark edges. Some have variegated foliage. African Violets vary in size from teeny tiny about 3″ wide to the largest 16″ wide. Many grow about 6-8″ wide. African Violets grow 3-6″ tall. Low-maintenance, and easy to care for, just give them a sunny window, water when dry, and liquid fertilizer.
Pet safe houseplant – non-toxic to cats and dogs.
Growing instructions: Place plants in bright, indirect light from an east, or west-facing window. A south facing window is too bright in spring and summer, but good for winter. Turn plants occasionally to maintain their symmetrical rosette form. Keep well watered with tepid water, but don’t allow soil to get water logged. Let plants dry out between watering. Do not let plants sit in standing water. Cold water on leaves can cause spotting. Keep water off of leaves. For continuous bloom fertilize following manufacturers instructions.