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African violets or Saintpaulia, are among the most popular houseplants. They are found in a broad range of flower colors and leaf types.
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They grow best under fluorescent lights or in the diffuse light of a north or east facing window. When they refuse to bloom, it is usually due to insufficient light. When they receive too much light their leaves turn yellow.
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African violets enjoy temperatures around 70 F during the day and in the 60's at night. They do best where they have ample humidity, at least 60%.
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They can be watered from below or above. Use room temperature water because cold water will spot the foliage.
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African violets are quick and easy to propagate. This is a fun way to share a new variety with a friend.
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These plants require rich potting soil that is available at your local garden center.
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Although there are special African violet fertilizers available, any general houseplant fertilizer will do.