Transplanting African Violets

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I recently repotted my African violets and they are droopy and are turning grey. What did I do? I have repotted them before and had no problem whatsoever. Please help!

Hardiness Zone: 5a

By Robin from London, Ontario

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June 16, 2010

I have African violets that I have recently repotted. They look fine except some of them have wrinkled leaves?

Hardiness Zone: 6a

By Betty Kennedy from Henryville, IN


Transplanting African Violets

Both the replies below are excellent. I use both their methods all the time and have always had great luck. One other thing I do with African violets though, is when I'm putting the new soil into the new pot prior to putting the plant in, I run a length of candle wicking through one of the holes in the pot and up thru the new soil and then I gently push it up into the old soil as close to the roots as possible. Candle wicking is very absorbent and will draw the water up from the tray into the soil as needed without over-watering. And I never have to worry about whether the water is getting into the roots.


I actually use this method on all my plants, not just the African violets. (03/04/2010)

By Cricket

Transplanting African Violets

African violets prefer "tight shoes" and would rather be in a snug fitting pot, which is not the norm for most plants. Please be sure you are also watering your violets from the bottom and using warm water. They really dislike cold water. (03/05/2010)

By Lilly M

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March 3, 2010
By Ellen Brown

Q: How to transplant African Violets?

Hardiness Zone: 10a

Acutegrandma from Simi Valley CA

A: Acutegrandma,

You can transplant African violets anytime, even if they are in bloom. Just keep in mind not to "over repot" them, in the same way they shouldn't be over watered. To transplant, simply remove them from the pot (soil and all) and plant them at the same depth, only in a slightly larger pot. Don't make the pot too big or the roots won't be able to reach water from below.


The general rule is the pot should be 1/3 the size of the plant. If you happen to drop a leaf or two while transplanting or you want to remove a few of the bottom leaves to improve air circulation, you can use them to start new plants. African violets generally prefer to be a bit crowded, so don't worry about repotting them until the soil inside the pot becomes filled with the plant.

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Transplanting African Violets

Assuming that you are talking about transplanting into pots, I've found that African violets are practically fool-proof. If I can do it, anyone can. I just take the overgrown plant out of its pot, gently divide into smaller pieces, and plant each piece in its own pot. Every one I've done that way has rooted speedily. I do, however, recommend special violet pots that have watering holes on the side so you don't have to put water directly onto the top of the soil. (03/28/2006)


By Pat Giles

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