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Saintpaulia ionantha (African violet)

Intermediate
skill rating
2 hours care
per year
0.2m
Max height
0.3m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Saintpaulia ionantha

Other names

African violet

Genus

Saintpaulia Saintpaulia

Species

S. ionantha - S. ionantha is a tender houseplant with evergreen, soft, hairy, thick leaves and bright violet blue flowers.


Saintpaulia ionantha is: Deciduous

Fragrance

The flowers are scented

Habit

Bushy, Clump-forming, Spreading

Flower

Violet in All seasons

Foliage

Green, Brown in Summer

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Caterpillars , Mealybugs , Tarsonemid mites , Thrips Aphids , Caterpillars , Mealybugs , Tarsonemid mites , Thrips

Powdery mildew Powdery mildew

General care

Pruning

Remove yellowed foliage and spent flowers. Remove suckers that develop at the base of the plant.

Propagation methods

Leaf cuttings, Seed, Suckers


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Where to grow

Saintpaulia ionantha (African violet) will reach a height of 0.2m and a spread of 0.3m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Containers, Cottage/Informal, Greenhouse, Indoor

Cultivation

Grows best in good (but not direct light) in a frost-free area. Can rot if the hairy leaves get wet. If plants show a bare stem, rejuventate by slicing off the bottom of the root ball equal to length of stem. Repot and new roots will develop.

Soil type

Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained, Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Indoor heated (H1)

Companion plants

We do not currently have companion plants added for this plant.

Botanical name

Saintpaulia ionantha

Other names

African violet

Genus

Saintpaulia Saintpaulia

Species

S. ionantha - S. ionantha is a tender houseplant with evergreen, soft, hairy, thick leaves and bright violet blue flowers.

Foliage

Deciduous

Fragrance

The flowers are scented

Habit

Bushy, Clump-forming, Spreading


Colour

Flower

Violet in All seasons

Foliage

Green, Brown in Summer


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Caterpillars , Mealybugs , Tarsonemid mites , Thrips

Specific diseases

Powdery mildew

General care

Pruning

Remove yellowed foliage and spent flowers. Remove suckers that develop at the base of the plant.

Propagation methods

Leaf cuttings, Seed, Suckers


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Saintpaulia ionantha (African violet) will reach a height of 0.2m and a spread of 0.3m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Containers, Cottage/Informal, Greenhouse, Indoor

Cultivation

Grows best in good (but not direct light) in a frost-free area. Can rot if the hairy leaves get wet. If plants show a bare stem, rejuventate by slicing off the bottom of the root ball equal to length of stem. Repot and new roots will develop.

Soil type

Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained, Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Indoor heated (H1)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6

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