African Violet without the violets

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  1. greenapple82

    greenapple82 Member

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    Hi
    I bought a beautiful african violet about 6 months ago, and it had all kinds of flowers on it. Now, all the flowers are gone and have been for about 4 months. The leaves are gorgeous. Big juicy green and slightly purple leaves. it keeps spitting out new leaves, but there are no flowers.
    It sits in a west facing window with filtered light. I water it when it is dry, never let it sit in water and fertilize every 2 to 3 weeks.
    Is this normal?
    Am I doing something wrong?
    thanks
     
  2. Bluewing

    Bluewing Well-Known Member

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    It may just need more light is all. I give mine some direct sun during the day.
    Make sure the av is on the root-bound side, not swimming in the pot and it's not be given too much fertilizer. Too much can cause the plant to produce MANY leaves, but no flowers.
     
  3. Ron B

    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Needs more light. Hobbyists may grow them under flourescent lights with the tubes only a few inches above them.
     
  4. joclyn

    joclyn Rising Contributor

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    definitely needs more light!!

    in my experience, west-facing seems to be the best for them - just remove whatever is filtering the light so that the plant is in full sun and you'll have blooms in no time!!
     
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    Supposedly a pinch of epsom salts in the water helps get the blooms started.
     
  6. juniejane

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    If you're going to use fertilizer on your african violets be sure the middle number in the 3-number series is much higher than the other ones. (Like 15-30-15 or higher) The middle number promotes blossoms (I can't remember what it is...I'm sure somebody else out there knows what it is).

    You might check out this video. It has a lot of good info on african violets. Also look at the other videos that is listed on the right side of the page after you watch this!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHrl7FmPVO0&feature=related
     

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