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How to Grow African Violets in a Greenhouse

African Violets are popular houseplants that are easy to care for in a greenhouse. Follow these basic guidelines to care for and propagate African Violets.

Basic Care


African Violets need bright, indirect light to thrive. Place them in a location that provides filtered light or use artificial lights to supplement.


Water African Violets regularly to keep the soil evenly moist, but not waterlogged. Water the soil directly and avoid getting water on the leaves to prevent leaf rot.


Use a well-draining potting mix specifically formulated for African Violets.


Feed African Violets a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer every 2-4 weeks during the growing season.


African Violets prefer temperatures between 60°F to 75°F (15°C to 24°C).


African Violets prefer high humidity levels, which can be achieved by placing a tray of water near the plant or using a humidifier.


Repot African Violets every 2-3 years or when the roots have filled the pot.


Leaf Cuttings

Cut off a healthy leaf from the mother plant, let it callus over for a day or two, then plant it in moist potting mix and keep it in bright, indirect light. A new plant will form at the base of the leaf and grow roots.

Crown Division

Divide the crown (base) of a mature plant into smaller pieces and plant each one in its own pot.

Stem Cuttings

Cut a stem with a node (swollen area) and remove the lower leaves. Dip the cut end into rooting hormone and plant it in potting mix.

Seed Propagation

Sow African violet seeds in moist potting mix, cover with plastic wrap to retain moisture, and place in bright, indirect light. Keep the soil moist and provide adequate ventilation.

Regardless of the propagation method you use, it’s important to provide the new plants with bright, indirect light and high humidity, as well as to keep the soil evenly moist but not waterlogged.

Fun Facts

African violets are a popular houseplant, known for their delicate and colorful flowers that bloom year-round.

They are native to Tanzania and Kenya in Africa and belong to the family Gesneriaceae.

African violets come in a variety of colors, including pink, blue, purple, and red.

They can be grown from leaves or seeds and prefer bright, indirect light and high humidity.

African violets were first discovered in the wild in the late 19th century and became popular as houseplants in the 20th century.

The name “African violet” was given to the plant due to its resemblance to violets found in Europe and North America, but it is not closely related to those species.

African violets have several cultivars and hybrid varieties, which have been developed to have different flower colors, shapes, and sizes.

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