Flame Violets need a moderate amount of water; never let it sit in water or dry out too much. The leaves of this plant are fleshy and will rot easily if water gets on them. To combat this, water from the bottom of the pot by filling the tray with water and pouring off any excess after several minutes have passed. African Violet pots can be used with Flame Violets, as well. High humidity helps keep Flame Violets happy; provide it by using a humidifier or by placing your plant on a pebble tray, in a terrarium or in your bathroom.
You’ll notice quickly that Flame Violets are vigorous growers, trailing here and there and sending offshoots in every direction. To keep them healthy you must fertilize regularly with a balanced houseplant fertilizer that contains both macro- and micro-nutrients at half the recommended rate. Fertilize sparingly in the winter, if at all.
Flame Violets are not particularly susceptible to any specific insects, but it’s good to check new plants over thoroughly before bringing them into your house. Inspect the plant and its pot again any time you bring it in from time spent outdoors.
Propagation of Flame Violets is very easy. Stolons are produced rather prolifically and can be rooted in water or placed directly into a pot of its own. Because of the ease of producing new plants vegetatively, you don't often see people growing them from seed. I recommend giving it a try sometime! The results can be extremely interesting.
Hanging baskets make nice planters for Flame Violets as they allow the plants to really grow to their largest. You may also decide to keep one on a table, trimmed neatly. Terrariums and glass bowls make excellent displays and offer the added benefit of higher humidity. Fortunately, Flame Violets are not toxic, so you don’t need to worry too much about keeping them out of the reach of pets or children.
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