I love African Violets. They are my very favorite indoor plant. I have about 15 in my dinning room. I have different colors and different leaves. Many I pick up on the clearance rack at Wal-mart and coax them back to health.
Here are a couple of my African Violets…
The blooming purple one is one I saved from Wal-Mart. It still has a couple damaged leaves but it’s looking great compared to when I purchased it. It fact, I didn’t even know what color the blossoms would be when I got it.
My question and what I need help with is the one with the pink blooms. When I got the plant over a year ago. It was off the clearance rack. The outside leaves where a “sick” light green like they are now with the inside leaves looking healthy. To me, it just looked like the lighting for the plant was wrong. I planned to resurrect it. I got it home and treated it like every other African Violet re-potting it with African Violet potting soil, fertilizing it, and putting it into a self watering pot.
Even though I know African Violets don’t appreciate a south window, it’s all I really have so I put it there along with my other Violets. After a month, the leaves didn’t get vibrant. I pulled off a bunch of the lower leaves. Then I moved the plant away from the window….the leaves still didn’t get vibrant looking. I pulled off a bunch more of the outside dull leaves. This pattern has continued. The leaves don’t “die”…they just aren’t vibrant.
It’s been a year ago now and I still can’t get the plant to have nicely colored leaves throughout. I am starting to think that this is just the nature of this particular plant. All of my other African Violets look fine. They get the same amount of water, same fertilizer and the same amount of sun….
So my question dear readers is….do you have any suggestions? Could this plant just be colored this way?