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How to Repot African Violets | Gardening Advice

Repotting African violets is a snap. Learn how to repot African violets in 3 steps -- your plant will thank you!

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African violet

Roses are red, / violets need pots / of generous size / or the foliage rots

My prize African violet is large and lush and looks as if it wants to outgrow the pot it has been in for about a year. I would like to repot it but don’t want to kill it! Can you tell me how to repot African violets?

You’re smart to want to give your plant a new home — Saintpaulia (African violet) leaves can develop rot if they lie heavily on the unglazed rim of a clay pot.



Choose a new container that’s about 1/3 the size of the leaf spread (a 3-inch pot works best for a plant with a 9-inch leaf span)  — large expanses of empty soil invite overwatering and disease problems.


Use commercial African violet soil or make your own from 1 part each garden loam, peat moss, and sand., with about 1 teaspoon bonemeal per quart of the mixture. Using tepid water, moisten the soil mix just until it’s evenly damp (not soaking wet).


Repot the plant, then water it in gently, making sure the water is no colder than room temperature. As always, it’s important to be sure no water gets on the leaves or in the crown of the plant.

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  • Have the plants been next to one another in the same environment for quite some time or is one a new addition? If the non-blooming plant is a new addition it may be adjusting to it’s new environment, or perhaps it is a strain that differs from the other two. Is the overall health of the non-blooming plant good or does the plant show signs of disease or infestation? If the overall look of the plant is poor, it may be diseased or infested. If this is the case, discard the plant to avoid spreading disease to the other two. Some African violets are shy bloomers and become comfortable only grow leaves. To encourage bloom growth, re-pot. Always re-pot in a snug pot with an African Violet soil mixture. If you have tried all of these techniques and it still does not bloom, discard it and try again with a different variety that may be more suited to your conditions. Good Luck!

  • I have three African violets next to each other, potted and treated the same. One blooms and the other two do not. Why ?

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