Monday, May 20, 2024

Repot when blooming?

Question:  I suspect that it’s time to repot my violet, since it has an ugly trunk and it’s been a long time since I last did this.  I’m afraid to though, since it’s still blooming and I don’t want to lose the flowers.  Is there a best time to repot? Answer:  The best time to do anything […]

Miniature violets and pots size

Question:  Why are miniature violets small?  Will it grow bigger if I pot it in a larger pot? Answer:  The answer to this question seemed so obvious that  we hesitated to include it here.  Then we remembered all of the visitors to our shop, some of whom already grew African violets, that didn’t realize the distinction between […]

Proper pot size

Question:  Must I always grow minis in small pots and standard varieties in large pots?  I have very limited space, and would like to grow standards in small pots as well. Answer:  Again, the rule for proper pot size is to use a pot the same size as the plant’s root system.  For minis and semiminiatures, this […]

Repot when soil is dry or wet?

Question:  Do you repot when the soil is dry or damp? Answer:  It is best, and easiest, to repot from moist soil into moist (but not soggy) soil.  “Moist” meaning the plant hasn’t just been watered, nor does it need to be immediately watered–it will need watering in another day or two.  Just-watered plants, or those in […]

African violet limp after repotting

Question:  After I repot, my violet looks dull and limp, even though I know it’s been watered. Answer:  This is a mistake easily made by novices.  The best advice is to repot from moist soil into moist (not wet) soil.  After repotting into premoistened soil, water only lightly.  This seems to be wrong since, when gardening outdoors we always […]

Moisten soil before repotting?

Question:  Should I premoisten soil when I repot? Answer:  We prefer to.  To begin with, premoistened soil is much easier to work with, since it clings together somewhat and can be “molded” in the pot.  It’s also less messy since it’s less “dusty”–you won’t be inhaling this, either.  Moisten the soil the night before, using hot water.  […]

Repot a new plant immediately?

Question:  I’d like information regarding ratio of pot size to plant. Answer:  This is probably the most frequently asked question in our shop.  One of the most common mistakes the novice grower makes is to pot their violet into too large a pot, assuming that every repotting means potting into the next size pot.  Having said that, […]

Ratio of pot size to plant size

Question:  I’d like information regarding ratio of pot size to plant. Answer:  This is probably the most frequently asked question in our shop.  One of the most common mistakes the novice grower makes is to pot their violet into too large a pot, assuming that every repotting means potting into the next size pot.  Having said that, […]

Repotting trailing African violets

Question:  When should I repot a trailing violet into a larger pot? Answer:  This depends upon how you wish to display the plant.  If you wish to grow the trailer as a “hanging” basket plant, you should use a smaller pot and let the “runners” trail over the pot’s edge.  A standard-size (larger leaved) variety might […]

Potting multiple plants in pot

Question:  I have a lovely decorative pot, and would like to pot three miniature violets, together, into it.  The pot is about 10″ wide and has drainage holes.  Can I do this? Answer:  Yes and no.  So long as the violets are otherwise properly cared for, they can be potted together into the same pot.  One thing […]