For this project you will need:
* a few fully mature african violet plants
* 3-6 weeks time in sunny window
* short jars or glasses
* some small pots with saucers
* good quality organic potting soil
This organic mix with worm casting and bat guano costs a little extra
but it's worth it when you see the blooms on these violets in winter
A recycled artichoke jar is just the right size for this project!
This is a start I planted about 1 month ago.
I can hardly wait for all these little beauties to bloom!
The biggest mistake when growing these plants is over watering. It's best to water them from the bottom and allow the plant to draw up the moisture from the roots.
To get big beautiful blooms, you'll want to fertilize these plants about 1 x per month in the winter and 2 x per month in the summer. I was using worm tea from my worm bins, but found it's too smelly to use indoors. You can purchase a specialized fertilizer for african violets at the nursery.
Mine usually bloom starting around Thanksgiving and continue all the way through early summer, then they rest and begin again in late fall.
These delicate blooms last for several weeks
The best part about propigating your own houseplants is sharing! I love to give gifts that are handmade or in this case homegrown. These make really great hostess gifts and violets are especially appreciated when they are in the full glory of bloom!