Zoom on the saintpaulia, this houseplant that animates the house all year round. With its clusters of flowers in various shapes, its hairy leaves, and its multitude of colors, the saintpaulia will bring dynamism and softness to your interior. We give you our practical advice to take care of it all year round.
With fluffy-looking leaves, small single or double flowers, single or two-tone color, fringed or not, saintpaulia is a perennial plant that adapts to all desires and embellishes the different rooms of your interior.
How to take care of a saintpaulia?
Also called Cape violet or African violet, the saintpaulia likes to be half-shaded, with a constant luminosity. Make it a habit to regularly turn the pot so that the entire plant benefits from the light. Avoid installing it behind a window or bay window as the sun’s rays can cause burns on flowers and leaves. Prefer to grow it all year round in a room between 18 and 25 ° C.
Undemanding, leave it in the purchased jar. If you think your saintpaulia is cramped in its pot, repot it using a special potting soil for flowering plants.
Its fluffy foliage quickly catches dust so take a brush to dust it gently.
To reinforce its aesthetic side, remove the faded flowers by cutting them with a pair of scissors and removing the dry foliage.
Choose soft and smooth shades to bring softness to your interior.
How should I water a saintpaulia?
The saintpaulia appreciates water at room temperature and is not calcareous. These two points are important so as not to stress the plant. Bring water about once a week, from February to September and twice a month, from October to January. Take care not to wet the foliage or you will see spots appear and mark the leaves. Always water the surface of the earth or place the pot in a saucer filled with clay beads that you will moisten regularly. Always let the soil dry between water intakes. Saintpaulia is easy to grow but requires water moderately.
In winter, heat sources such as radiators, stove,s or fireplaces can dry out the atmosphere. Plan a few additional but always moderate waterings.
How to make a saintpaulia bloom again?
Before making it bloom again, how to prolong its flowering? It is possible to add, in the watering water, a little special liquid fertilizer for flowering plants, up to once a month from spring to summer. You will thus enjoy a more generous and long flowering.
You had a beautiful saintpaulia that lost all its flowers? Don’t throw it away! You will have to confront it with a period of drought and a drop in temperature to restart flowering. Place the pot in a room at about 12 ° C and drastically reduce watering, until new shoots appear. Then place it again in the living room, living room, or in the heated greenhouse in order to enjoy its flowering again.
When and how to repot a saintpaulia?
After two to three years and when your saintpaulia is cramped in its pot, plan a repotting session. Do this preferably when the plant is deflowered. Get a slightly larger pot that you will fill with potting soil after putting a drainage bed in the bottom (gravel, pebbles, or clay balls). The saintpaulia hates excess water that can make the plant rot.
How to cut the saintpaulia?
It is a simple cutting and within everyone’s reach. With a tool with a sharp blade, take a healthy leaf placed in the center of the plant, cutting the bottom of the stem. In a pot or terrine previously filled with special potting soil flowering plants, prick the cutting, leaving the leaf on the surface. Do this with as many sheets as you want. Water lightly on the surface. In order to speed up the rooting of the cuttings, place a plastic bag above the container to create a smothered atmosphere. Once the new shoots are out, remove the plastic and install your pot in its final place.
Another method is as simple, placing the rod in a glass of water. Place stretch film on the glass to hold the sheet in place and prick it with a pencil. Place the sheet. Keep the water level half the glass and place a small piece of charcoal at the bottom of the glass to prevent the water from languishing. Over the weeks, you will see roots appear on the stem. Once the roots are sufficiently developed, transplant the cutting into a pot filled with potting soil. That’s it!
You will be happy to have multiplied your saintpaulia yourself and you can make gifts by offering your creations!
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