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African Violet Blossoms Dying: How to Prevent This Problem

African violets add instant color to any household. They bloom continuously, even during the colder months of winter. African violets are easy to grow and maintain. However, like all plants, they do experience problems from time to time.

To prevent African Violet Blossoms from dying you need to use proper watering methods, make sure they have access to proper sunlight. Additionally, you need to keep them at the right temperature and humidity levels. And, you need to fertilize them regularly to maintain the correct level of nutrients.  

The rest of this article will discuss how to develop and maintain blossoms on your  African violet plants.

Make Sure You Use Proper Watering Methods

Overwatering is perhaps the main reason African violet blossoms die. Additionally, improper watering can cause their leaves to wilt. And, in extreme cases, your African violet can even die due to over or under-watering your plant. If your African violet’s blossoms are wilting, turning color, or dying, check the soil.

If the soil is dry, then you probably have been underwatering it. It would help if you watered your African violets from the bottom. So, if its soil is dry, set your plant in a bowl of water. Then, allow it to absorb the water through the holes in the bottom of the pot. Better yet, keep a dish below its container, so you don’t have to move it back and forth to a watering bowl.

If the soil is wet, that means your African violet is receiving too much water. Remove your African violet from its pot and check its roots for any signs of rot if you experience this problem. Those signs include the presence of soft roots that are brown or black.

If a majority of your plant’s roots are still light-colored or white, then you can go trim off the roots that are rotten and replant it in a self-watering pot or another container with drainage holes.

You can purchase a variety of pots online suitable for African violets. For example, HBS makes a 6-Inch Deep Reservoir Round Planter Pot that is ideal for African violets. It features a patented self-watering system and a deep reservoir in its base capable of holding two-weeks worth of water. Additionally, it is self-aerating and provides proper drainage to prevent fungus, mold, and rot.

Check for Proper Access to Indirect Sunlight

African violets require proper sunlight to grow and maintain healthy blossoms. If your African violet blossoms are dying then you need to check to make sure they are properly placed in your house. 

They require bright indirect sunlight, so placing them in a window facing east or north works best. Additionally, you need to rotate your African violets about once a week to make sure all its leaves and blossoms receive adequate light.

If they don’t get enough sunlight, they won’t produce and maintain healthy blossoms. And, if they get too much sunlight, their leaves can burn, and their blooms can wither and die.

During the winter months, you should move your African violets away from windows and place them under a grow light system. EZORKAS offers a Four-Head Timing Grow Light. It has 48 total lamp chips with 16 lights in the blue spectrum and 32 in red. Additionally, it features three timing modes and nine dimmer levels. It also has three switch modes: blue lights, red lights, and both red and blue lights.

Those of you with more extensive indoor gardens might consider purchasing a VIPARSPECTRA UL Certified Grow Light System. They are available online with 600-watt, 900-watt, or 1200-watt LED grow lights. VIPARSPECTRA systems include full-spectrum lighting, which provides plants everything they get from natural sunlight. For this reason, your African violets can develop bigger buds and a higher yield.

Additionally, purchase includes a three-year manufacturer’s limited warranty and a 30-day money-back guarantee.

Make Sure You Maintain Proper Room Temperatures

Maintaining proper room temperatures is essential to the health of your African violet plants, their leaves, and blossoms. They like temperatures similar to those used in most homes.

If your blossoms are dying, check to confirm that your house’s daylight temperatures range between 75°F and 80°F (23.9°C and 26.7°C) and nighttime temperatures range between 65°F and 70°F (18.3°C and 21.1°C).

Additionally, make sure you never keep them below 60°F (15.6°C). Likewise, please don’t keep them in temperatures higher than 80°F (26.7°C). For that reason, you should take care to remove them from windows during the winter, and depending on where you live; you might need to scoot them back from windows during the hot days of summer.

However, if you place them in windows receiving indirect sunlight, like those facing east or north, you should be okay during summer since the windows won’t get direct sunlight.

If you have any concerns regarding the placement of your African violets concerning temperature, you can always purchase a thermometer. The LittleGood Vertical Mount Indoor Thermometer is an excellent option since it includes a humidity gauge giving you double-coverage for your African violets.

Check for Proper Humidity Levels 

The relative humidity in your home plays a huge role in the growth and maintenance of healthy African violet blossoms. African violets typically tolerate the indoor humidity levels of most homes. However, if your blossoms are dying, check to make sure they are kept in a room with humidity levels ranging from 40 to 60 percent.

If your house is too dry, you can lightly mist your African violets daily using a misting water bottle. Additionally, you can try placing your African violets on trays of pebbles or gravel containing water. If that fails to solve the problem, you can purchase a home humidifier online.

For example, Magictec’s Cool Mist Humidifier is a popular model you can purchase online. Consumers like this product giving it high marks for its ease of use and value for the money.

It features adjustable mist output and an auto shut-off system. Best of all, its 2.5-liter tank lasts up to 24 hours, unlike many other popular models.

Add Fertilizer to Increase the Level of Nutrients in Your Soil

The proper use of fertilizer impacts the development and health of African violet blossoms. African violets are houseplants, and unlike outdoor plants, they rely on you to provide proper nutrients for them to remain healthy.

If you do not fertilize them enough, they may not have the nutrients necessary to maintain healthy blossoms and they will begin dying. However, you need to make sure you don’t feed them too much. If you do, they can establish lush foliage that can choke off and kill your blossoms.

For that reason, it is always best to purchase and use fertilizer developed for African violets. Schultz’s African Violet Plus Plant Food is an excellent option for fertilizing your plants. Using this fertilizer is simple. All you do is add seven drops of fertilizer per quart of water. That way, your plants get fed naturally every time you water them or add water to their reservoir.

Additionally, it’s 8-14-9 formula provides optimal nutrition for your plant. For any of you unfamiliar with purchasing fertilizer, all fertilizer labels include three numbers. The first number indicates the amount of nitrogen it contains. The second number indicates its level of phosphorus, and the third number, the amount of potassium.

So, an 8-14-9 blend includes 8-percent nitrogen, 14-percent phosphorus, and 9-percent potassium. The remainder of the fertilizer is a filler typically containing granular limestone or sand.

What We Learned Today 

We hope you enjoyed our article about African violets. Today we learned the steps necessary to maintain the proper growth and health of African violet blossoms and to prevent them from dying. 

ReadyToDIY is the owner of this article. This post was published on August 8, 2020.

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