Remember how I love my African Violets? I really do but they’ve kind of gotten away from me. UGH. It’s a problem when I have so many hobbies….and work to much.
Finally I decided somewhere on the internet someone has to have a good medium sized self watering African Violet pot.
I prefer self watering pots like this….
See how the inner pot fits into the outer pot? I put water in the outer pot and a wick brings the water to the plant ensuring that the plant has the right amount of water. You can see that the little plant above needs to be moved up a pot size. It really shouldn’t bloom in this small pot but this one has bloomed TWICE. It was time to do something.
In my search Mason jars were suggested to make “DIY” pots.
I had a 3″ pot here at my house. I got them from Amazon. Here’s a link…..and I had a small 4 oz jelly jar. I later went on to find a case of this size at the thrift store.
They worked perfectly together. See?
It’s not pretty but it’s a fine pot to get the plants up to the next size.
I went through every plant. Every one got new soil…an updated pot if needed and some much needed love. I feel so much better about them all now. I’m so embarassed that I didn’t attend to these better. Thankfully they are a good hearty plant and can handle a little neglect on my part. They aren’t really pretty now as leaves had to be pruned and blossoms had to be clipped.
If I give them a month or two they will look so much better.
Here’s my tip when repotting…Work in a pizza box. I repot in the spot where the pizza goes. I throw the dead leaves and stuff on the lid. They to clean up I close the lid an it all stays contained.
I’m so happy to have this done. I typically do a bit session like this about twice a year. In between I do weekly maintenance but the bit redo happens about twice a year.
They are looking better already.
Yahoo…I’m so happy to have that off my list…I don’t feel like a crappy plant mom anymore either!!