In Australia, how do I care for an African Violet growing in my kitchen or home?

African violets are a popular indoor plant in Australia, and they can be grown successfully in a kitchen or home with proper care. Here are some tips on how to care for an African violet growing in your home:

  1. Light: African violets prefer bright, indirect light. They can be placed near a window that receives bright, filtered light, but they should not be exposed to direct sunlight.
  2. Watering: African violets prefer to be kept evenly moist but not waterlogged. Water the plant from the bottom by placing it in a saucer of water and allowing it to soak up the water for about 30 minutes. Then, remove the plant from the water and allow it to drain completely. Avoid getting water on the leaves, as this can cause spotting and fungal growth.
  3. Fertiliser: African violets should be fertilized regularly with a balanced, water-soluble fertiliser. Follow the instructions on the fertilizer package for the best results.
  4. Temperature and Humidity: African violets prefer temperatures between 18°C to 26°C and moderate humidity. They should be kept away from cold drafts and extreme temperature fluctuations.
  5. Soil: African violets prefer a well-draining, slightly acidic soil. Use a potting mix specifically designed for African violets or mix your own by combining peat moss, vermiculite, and perlite.
  6. Repotting: African violets could be repotted every twelve months, or whenever they outgrow their current pot. Choose a pot that is one size larger than the current pot and use quality potting mix.

By following these care tips, you can help ensure that your African violet thrives in your kitchen or home. Remember to keep an eye out for any signs of pests or disease and address them promptly to keep your plant healthy.

If you have any queries, please contact your local Independent Garden Centre. 

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