Tuesday, May 15, 2018

GBBD: African Violets

African violet or Saintpaulia is a perennial plant. Usually African violet is an indoor plant but in hot season you can move it outdoors. 


I have Saintpaulia of three varieties, and every spring I propagate them to have more blooming plants. What do I need?  The pot is to be very small, and if you plant one only leaf it even may be a plastic cup. 


To propagate Saintpaulia I take one leaf with or without a stem and push into a light soil, then I cover a pot with a plastic bag. It's enough to start rooting.



My violet varieties can grow in cool condition, in indirect sun light. When violets are grown up I usually re-plant them in a larger pot.



Next week I will transport my violets to the new greenhouse, hope they will grow well and bloom. It's said they are easy-to-grow houseplants, I agree :-) By the way Saintpaulia can bloom during 2 -3 months.


Have you ever grown African violets? What is your experience?

38 comments:

  1. African violet is a common houseplant here, but as far as I know few people move them outdoors.

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    1. I want to move them in a greenhouse where is warmer than outside, David. Hope they are well there.

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  2. Hello dear Nadezda!

    I have grown African violet many times. I have many of them indoors, but I have never grown them outdoors. I thought they didn't like sunshine.

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    1. You're right Marit. They grow well in indirect light. Last year I put them on sunshine and some leaves have been burned.

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  3. Hello dear Nadezda!
    Such beautiful varieties of the African Violet! Lovely blooms and beautiful different colors too!
    Stunning pictures! Now I don’t have indoor plants,only outside the garden,because when I’m away from home,I don’t have someone to take care of them!
    Wishing you a lovely new week!
    Dimi...

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    1. Yes, Dimi it's a problem with indoors plants.
      Hugs!

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  4. Saintpaulia is lovlely flowers. My mother had a lot of these flowers. I do not get them to grow.Greetings

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    1. Your mother is real amateur of Sainpaulia, Anne.

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  5. Yes, I went through an African Violet phase when I was quite young. This was before all the double blooms etc. I had all sorts of colors. Then when I married I found that my Mother-in-Law used to grow them too. She still kept a few. I stopped growing them because I felt they had too many problems. It was probably me. My only house plants have to be tough. I am not a good at remembering to water during winter. I love the varieties that you have. So pretty and I know they will like your greenhouse.

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    1. So do I, Lisa. And there are problems growing them indoors, you're right. So I try to propagate favorite varieties.

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  6. Hello Nadezda, and thank you for the interesting and helpful post!
    My mother is much better in growing and propagating Saintpaulias, but even I have managed to keep some white ones blooming since January (my brother brought the plants to us). :)
    Thank you also for the great tips (for my planned visit to London)! xx

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    1. I wish success in growth white violets, Sara.

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  7. Son preciosas. Yo tengo dos una violeta y rosada, crecen muy bien. Besitos.

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    1. Imagino como bonitas son tus violetas, Teresa.
      Abrazo!

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  8. I have never grow African violets. They are sold everywhere, but I never thought about growing these outdoors. Maybe it is an inspiring thought to do so in June. Thanks for the tutorial. Groetjes Hetty

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  9. I have a leaf planted at the moment but it is taking ages to produce babies this time for some reason.

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    1. To produce new leaves is a long period Sue. About a 1 month. But then they grow well.

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  10. Надежда,очаровательные фиалки! Особенно понравилась бело-розовая.
    Уже восемь лет у меня нет фиалок,,повывелись. Любуюсь у других и на фотографиях..

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    1. Бело-розовая красавица, вы правы Надежда. Но они конечно, капризные цветочки.

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  11. I so enjoy seeing African Violets and used to grow them many years ago when I was in high school but haven't grown any in years. They are beautiful plants.

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    1. I agree Peter. I think you have many outdoor plants to care of.

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  12. Oh Nadezda- Your African violets are so beautiful. I used to grow African Violets and had them for many years. I discovered its all about getting the watering correct. It seemed the less I babied them, the better they grew! Enjoy them!

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    1. The correct watering violets is very important, you're right Lee.
      Have a nice weekend!

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  13. Preciosa la violeta blanca Madezda. Es bellísima.
    Buen jueves.
    Besos.

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    1. Si, me encanta tambien Laura.
      Abrazo!

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  14. Nice photos. My mother always loved African violets.

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  15. My mother and grandmother always grew African violets, and I did for a time, too. I'm not sure when I gave them up--probably when my youngest child was born, and I simply didn't have time for houseplants. I love the pink and white one--so pretty!

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    1. I see your family members did well in violets, Rose. I do love this violet too.

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  16. You have a nice collection African violets Nadezda. I have never seen them outdoors here, but they sell them here on lots of places. I expect there are many professional growers here. In the past I had them in winter on the table, like my mother and grandmother, it is a little plant with memories.
    Regards, Janneke

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    1. Thanks for your idea, Janneke. I used to put them on a windowsill but now I think the violets look on the table better.

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  17. These are very pretty african violets, particularly the white one with the pink flush. I have always been told that they are very hard to grow as indoor plants. I never thought to check this information. Your post makes it look very easy, but then everything you grow looks wonderful. I suspect I might not be quite as successful!

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    1. The violets are easy to grow Jenny if you know some rules: The indirect light, watering a bit, small pot. They gladden to everybody who have Saintpaulia at home.

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  18. I really like African violets because they are beautiful flowers.
    I defrost them myself. Great photos and wonderful variations.
    Greetings, Nadiezda.

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    1. I'm glad you liked my violets, Lucja.
      Have a nice weekend!

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  19. They a beautiful the violets. It is necessary to be careful with the irrigation, the excess of water spoils them.
    Greetings

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    1. You're right Tania, watering must be careful.
      Feliz fin de semana!

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