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    Once again my mother got a plant (this time african violet) and asked me how to care for it, and i don't know how to care for african violets! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif[/img] I told her to keep it wet like CPs, but without full sun, will these conditions kill it? [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif[/img] how should she care for it?
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    Hi, not an expert on African Violets, but I can tell you what works for me.

    Good drainage, that is key,they don't like to be wet, damp, not wet, allow to dry out slightly. I keep mine in west window, where they get bright indirect light all day, and about 4 hours of direct afternoon light. I water about once a week with 1/4 strength african violet food.

    Like I said not an expert, this is what works for me. I am going to do a little bragging though and say that mine are almost constantly in bloom (one has over 30 blooms in a six inch pot). [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

    Of course on the other hand my sister has almost as much success, and she forgets about them for weeks at at time...
    I typo, therefore I edit.

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    The only way I succeed with these plants is to let them dry out until they wilt then water them again.
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    don't let water on their leafs, they don't like that...
    and if they don't flower and have a big roset, remove the oldest leafs and they should flower, and you can use the leaf as cuttings.

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    Quote (gardenofeden @ Mar. 10 2003,12:42)
    The only way I succeed with these plants is to let them dry out until they wilt then water them again.[/QUOTE]
    well, it's wilting now, I better go water it [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif[/img]

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    Spec,
    my mom grows tons of them and i take care of them right along with the Carn. plants. water them once a week count to 10 when watering it. don't let the soil dry out to where it is dust. more of a damp feeling.
    as for the leaves it is some what easy to grow new plants from leaf cuttings. just break a stem off and place it in water. sometimes it will take sometimes they don't.
    i don't give them any light at all just the glare coming in to the back porch and they do great.
    i have even imported some in from canada as a get well gift when she was in the hospital. she really wanted a blue flowering one.
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    I've killed every african violet I've ever owned. So I sure can't help.

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    African Violets are very easy to take care of. In fact, I have to stress them out to make sure they don't grow too fast. My smallest African Violet is flowering right now. It's about an inch across. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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