Purple violets, a cultivar of African violets, are among the most popular houseplants in the world. While many people disagree on their ease of care, their beauty is not in dispute. Making the process of care easier, however, is the fact that there are many products designed specifically for violets to thrive, including purple African violet pots, soil and fertilizer. To garner the most from your purple violets, you will need to put them in conditions in which they can thrive. Read below for tips on how to plant and care for your purple violets.
To plant violets, you will need to clip off part of the leaf of another violet plant. Fill a pot with potting soil and plant three or four clippings. Make sure the soil is one designed specifically for clippings. It should be light and airy so the plant's new roots can easily make their way through it. The leaf clippings you plant should be from large, healthy leaves at the base of the original violet plant. It will take about three weeks for these to sprout provided you give them adequate light and water.
When purple violets are in poor growing conditions, they let you know immediately. Their leaves will droop or they will show some other sign if unhappiness almost immediately after being placed in a situation that is not suitable to optimal growth. Make sure your purple violets receive plenty of light. Ideally, you would like to place your purple violets in an east or west-facing window and under fluorescent light.
Water your violets regularly. Violets love to be kept moist and respond well to frequent waterings, but make sure they are never sitting in a pool of water or their roots will rot. If the top of the soil is dry, it is time to water your violets. Fertilize your violets every four weeks and keep the temperature around them near 72 degrees.