African Violets are some of the most beautiful indoor plants you can find, but they are not that easy to look after.
The whole reason people get these plants is that the bloom is so beautiful, so It can be incredibly frustrating when you have brought an African Violet plant home, but they just won’t bloom!
Whenever any plant doesn’t bloom, especially at a time when it’s meant to, you might be wondering what you did wrong, or what you might have missed, but don’t worry! I am here to help!
There are lots of ways you can encourage your African Violets to bloom, even when they are being a bit stubborn! So if you want to get your African Violets to bloom, read on to find out everything you need to know!
What Are African Violets?
African Violets are a type of small plant that is very popular to keep as indoor houseplants. They have beautiful flowers that grow in clusters and they are typically white, blue, or purple in color.
Despite the fact that they are called African Violets, this type of plant is not actually a violet! They do produce blossoms that are violet in color, but they actually belong to the genus Streptocarpus.
They are native to East Africa, but you can find them all over the world now, and they can be found in many garden stores and centers.
How Often Do African Violets Bloom?
One of the reasons that African Violets are so popular is that they are known to bloom practically all year round. When they do bloom, each flower typically lasts about 2 to 3 weeks and they can produce new flowers regularly for 10 of the 12 months of the year.
You do need to provide the right care in order for your African Violets to bloom for longer, but despite what you might think, African Violets are actually quite low maintenance.
This is especially true when they are kept and nurtured in the right environment from the get-go.
They need bright, indirect light and regular house temperatures in order to thrive properly, so before you set them down somewhere in your house, make sure that you meet those requirements.
This will just make it easier for you to care for them, and it will ensure that they bloom properly and regularly.
How To Get African Violets To Bloom?
If you are struggling to get your African Violets to bloom and you don’t know how to help them, then I have all the answers you need!
There are lots of things you can do to help your African Violets to bloom, and once you know how to do them, you will get to enjoy their wonderful vibrant blossoms in no time at all. Try these tricks out for yourself in order to get your African Violets to bloom!
Get The Right Lighting
Before you try anything else, the first thing you need to do is ensure that your African Violets are getting the right lighting.
As I have previously mentioned, African Violets need bright, indirect sunlight in order to thrive properly, so if you are keeping them in dark, dim areas, they will not be able to bloom.
African Violets love sunlight, but they are sensitive to heat, and this is why an environment that is cool but still bright is the best place to keep them.
African Violets are a type of tropical plant, so they need plenty of moisture and humidity in order to properly thrive. A great way to boost the humidity is to group your plants together, so consider keeping more than one African Violet plant to speed the process along.
Another great way you can boost the humidity is by placing the pot of your African Violets on top of pebbles and water!
Keep The Environment Just Right
African Violets don’t like environments that are too hot, but they also don’t like environments that are too cold either! You need to keep them somewhere that has just the right temperature in order for them to thrive and bloom.
The best temperature for African Violets is about 70 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s fine if you keep them somewhere ever so slightly under or above that temperature, but try to get it as close to 70 degrees Fahrenheit as possible!
The Right Soil
Another important factor and detail you need to take into consideration is the soil you choose to keep your African Violets in. They cannot survive in just any old soil, and if the soil you keep them in is too dense, they will not thrive and they definitely will not bloom.
African Violets have a very delicate root system and they need soil that is fluffy and well-draining in order to grow properly.
Be Wary Of Pests & Disease
Another reason why your African Violets may not be blooming could be because of pests and diseases.
If your African Violets are afflicted by either of these issues, it is going to stunt their growth and the plant won’t be able to produce enough energy to create new blooms.
Check over your plants and make sure that there aren’t any pests living within them and also check for diseases. This is a common reason why African Violets stop blooming!
Manage The Plant’s Space
If you have recently repotted your African Violets and the pot is a bit too big or too small, the issue could be a root problem.
African Violets can actually get a bit overwhelmed if they have too much space and they prefer to be slightly root-bound, so keep that in mind when you are repotting them!
Looking after African Violets and getting them to bloom might seem like a challenge, but it’s all about keeping them in the right conditions! When they are kept in the right environment, they are more likely to bloom.
Use the tips I have provided for you here and you should see your African Violets blooming in no time!