Africa’s most popular flower! Afrikaner africans have been growing this plant since time immemorial. They used it to decorate their homes and houses were decorated with them. Today, they are still being grown for decorative purposes in Africa, but nowadays they are often grown for food as well. These plants grow very fast and produce large quantities of flowers which attract bees and butterflies.
You may wonder why you would want to prune your african violet?
Well, you can do so if you wish. However, there are several reasons why you shouldn’t prune your african violet. First of all, it will not only cause the plant to lose its shape and beauty, but it will also make it less productive and eventually lead to death. Second of all, pruning will affect the health of your african violet. If you prune your african violet, then it will become less vigorous and will die. Thirdly, you may not even need to prune your african violet at all. All you need to do is leave it alone and let nature take its course.
What Is A Violet?
A violet is a small evergreen shrub or tree native to southern Africa and Madagascar. It has a short stem with angled branches and oval leaves. It has a thick layer of smooth bark and produces white, yellow or purple bell-shaped flowers. These plants can be seen in many garden nurseries and are popular for their sweet fragrance.
The Different Types Of Violets
There are over 1,500 different types of violets in the world! They can be classified into different groups including wild, garden, hybrid, miniature and giant.
The wild violet is the ancestor of all other violets. It can be identified by its heart-shaped leaves and white or pale purple flowers.
The garden violet, also known as the common violet, is the most popular violet in Europe and North America. In fact, it is often used to describe all the violets belonging to the viola genus.
The miniature violet is a smaller version of the garden violet and the hybrid violet.
The giant violet is a much larger version of the common and miniature violets. It can grow up to three feet in height.
The yellow wood violet is a yellow-flowered species of violet that is commonly found in the eastern United States. It produces flowers with yellow petals and sepals, a blue spur and a yellow center.
The wild blue violet is a smaller species of violet that is mostly found in the eastern United States. It produces flowers with blue petals and sepals, a yellow spur and a blue center.
How To Care For Violets
Violets are not as easy to grow as most people think. If you want to keep your violets looking beautiful and lush, then there are some things that you need to do.
Ensure That Your Violet Has Enough Light: Violets need at least six hours of direct sunlight every day. If you don’t live in an area that gets a lot of sunlight, then you will need to place your violet next to a window that gets six hours of sunlight every day.
Plant Your Violet In The Right Pot: It is best to plant your violet in a clay pot or a pot made out of bark instead of a plastic pot. This is because violets have very fine root systems and plastic pots tend to keep the soil too wet.
Wet soil is not good for your violet. The pot should only be as deep as the roots of your plant, no deeper.
Water Your Violet Correctly: In summer, water your violet once every two weeks. In spring and autumn, water it once a month.
In winter, water it once every two months. You will need to feel the soil to see if it needs watering. If the topsoil feels dry, then it needs water. Do not leave water in the pot. Empty any water that remains in the pot after 10 minutes.
Fertilize Your Violet: Apply slow-release fertilizer or general-purpose fertilizer at the beginning of every spring and summer. Follow the instructions on the package for the correct dosages.
Sources & references used in this article:
You Can Grow African Violets: The Official Guide Authorized by the African Violet Society of America, Inc. by J Stork, K Stork – 2007 – books.google.com
African Violets by WH McCaleb – 2011 – vtechworks.lib.vt.edu
Every Plant Has a Story. by A Foster – Pathways: The Ontario Journal of Outdoor Education, 2007 – ERIC
Plant growth factors. Light by D Whiting, M Roll, L Vickerman – Gardening series. Colorado …, 2003 – mountainscholar.org
Micropropagation of African Violet from petiole and leaf plade tissue. by ME Jones – 1953 – Saturn Press