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How to Repot an African Violet | Gardening Advice

How to Repot an African Violet | Gardening Advice
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African violet

Roses are red, / violets need pots / of generous size / or the foliage rots

My prize African violet is large and lush and looks as if it wants to outgrow the pot it has been in for about a year. I would like to repot it but don’t want to kill it! Can you tell me how to repot an African violet?

You’re smart to want to give your plant a new home — Saintpaulia (African violet) leaves can develop rot if they lie heavily on the unglazed rim of a clay pot. Choose a new container that’s about 1/3 the size of the leaf spread (a 3-inch pot works best for a plant with a 9-inch leaf span)  — large expanses of empty soil invite overwatering and disease problems.

Use commercial African violet soil or make your own from 1 part each garden loam, peat moss, and sand., with about 1 teaspoon bonemeal per quart of the mixture. Using tepid water, moisten the soil mix just until it’s evenly damp (not soaking wet). Repot the plant, then water it in gently, making sure the water is no colder than room temperature. As always, it’s important to be sure no water gets on the leaves or in the crown of the plant.

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