Watering African violets

There are several options when it comes to watering African violets. Whichever option you choose, remember that African violet leaves are a lot like the mogwai from Gremlins – you should not get them wet. Water sitting on leaves may cause spots and/or damage.

Anyway, here are some of the options:

Wick watering

 A synthetic wick is threaded through the pot and draws water (which is sometimes fertilised) up into the mix from a reservoir placed underneath the pot.

Top watering

An empty saucer is placed under the pot to protect your furniture, then the water is poured into the top of the pot. Be careful not to get the leaves wet. If they do get wet, use an absorbent paper towel to soak up the water from the leaves (don’t rub them, just touch the water with the towel and let it absorb the water). If an hour after watering there is water in the saucer, pour it out.

Bottom watering

A saucer with water is placed under the pot. The mix soaks up water (which is sometimes fertilised) from the saucer. If an hour after watering there is water in the saucer, pour it out.

It is important to water your violets regularly and consistently. Do not wait for the plant to wilt and dry out before you water it.

Make sure the water you use for watering is not cold or hot. Its temperature should be close to room temperature.

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