Can you use regular potting soil for African Violets?
Can You plant African Violets in Regular Potting Mix? A preferred potting mix for African Violets doesn’t contain any soil or dirt in the mixture. It also helps to keep the soil moist and drain extra water from the soil. Regular potting will work but make sure they are well-draining.
How is African violet soil different from regular potting soil?
Commercial African violet mixes are generally more porous and have better drainage than house-plant potting mixes. African violet mixes also are slightly more acid than regular house-plant potting soil. Many growers use soilless mixes. They do not contain natural soil from outdoors.
How do you prepare the soil for African Violets?
How to Prepare Soil Mix for Re-Potting or Potting African Violets?
- Prepare the soil mix in a well-ventilated area.
- Add room temperature or tepid water to the soil mix till the mix is moist but not wet.
- Fill up the pots with moist soil mix using spoon or hands.
Do African violets like to be crowded?
Violets need to feel crowded to bloom, but when a plant gets too big for its pot, divide the plant’s separate-looking leaf heads. When you repot, tease the roots apart and plant in room-temperature potting soil.
Should I water African violets from the top or bottom? Either is fine. It is important not to use cold water; lukewarm or warm is preferred. If you water from the top, be careful not to get water on the leaves when the plant is in the sun; this is to avoid leaf spots.
Is Epsom salts good for African violets?
To get your African violets blooming again, apply an Epsom salt drench every two weeks.
What compost should I use for African violets?
Leaf cuttings. African violets are easy to propagate from leaf cuttings. Choose leaves that are almost full size and remove from the plant with the stalk attached. Fill pots with free draining compost such as seed and cutting compost or mix equal quantities of multipurpose compost and sharp sand or perlite.