The African Violet (Saintpaulia) is a good plant to raise your green thumb awareness. They need a little thoughtfulness regarding how they need to be treated, and if done right (and it isn’t hard) they will reward you with much love, color, and sweetness. Water from the bottom (or at least under the leaves), well-drained, but not dry. Do not get the leaves wet as they will show discoloration. Most of my other plants are super hardy, so if I can care for an african violet, so can you! I just make sure they are not overly wet or overly dry. I keep it by my kitchen sink so I see it often. If I put it somewhere out of sight (and what would be the point of that?) I would forget and it would be compost.
If you find the right spot they thrive. It can be difficult finding that right spot though. They hate direct heat, central heating and draughts – as well as water on their leaves. I used to have quite a collection on a south-facing window sill when I lived in Cape Town, but when I moved I never managed to replicate that and they all died! Tried since in the UK but without success. You are right though, they are sweet little plants 🙂
I heard that gas from pilot flames on a stove can kill them. So sorry to hear you lost your plants. That stinks!
Mine is in a south facing window, but right now it is quite chilly, summer quite hot, but it has stood the test of time. It struggled the most when it needed to be repotted. And I add some fertilizer balls every so often now too. I never did that before, but learned it was a good thing, and *wha~la* it is! Did you get anything else that does do well well where you are now?
Well that was a LONG time ago – been many plants lost and found since then 🙂
I don’t have many pot plants now, but I do seem to have had some success with orchids – Phalaenopsis or Moth Orchid. Although I think I’m at the end of those now too!
I actually had my orchid I bought last November rebloom! In the past they had never done that. So that was exciting! From the looks of things you have quite the green thumb. Fantastic photos!!!
i don’t really like saintpaulia, but i love this image!
Ha, thank you! Now, if I could use those powers to get my son to eat vegetables!
rillll purdy phoddo, laydee.
shh! my wife accuses me of KILLIN’ some of her a.violets by over-watering, and other outrages. she likes ’em too …
lol! Yes, they do not like baths.
What a gorgeous photo 🙂 Annie
Thank you!!! So glad you like it!