Every time I see African Violets I’m reminded of my mom.
She had and probably still has a beautiful display of these cute little plants in her kitchen.
Growing up we always had green and blooming plants indoors; my mom never gave up carrying for these plants even when I thought they looked expired.
She displayed her African Violets in the kitchen near the window seal. This room had skylight windows; the kitchen was my favorite room in the house because when the sun shined through; it felt amazing. This was a huge perk in Washington State where it’s mostly pretty gray and damp.
I believe her collection of violets were gifts from friends, she was always the receiver of many wonderful treasures.
My mom was a hair dresser while she raised her family and her clients loved to bring her gifts as their way of saying thank you.
I remember those ladies, many were a real treat and I always enjoyed popping in the shop to say hello. Most of these ladies watched me grow up and were always full of questions when I would stop by.
Growing up in a small town sometimes has its advantages and can also leave you with neat memories.
Where to Purchase Violets
The other day I was in Lowes, they had a wonderful display of African Violets which made me think about all those plants in my moms kitchen. I decided my kitchen needed a little color so I purchased one.
Violets are sold packaged in plastic with a rubber band around the stem of the plant. Be extra careful when you remove the band because it would be easy to injure the plant.
Any upscale garden store should have African Violets for purchase.
The smaller private owned stores will almost always have a better selection. I was a little surprised at all that Lowes had available, such a neat combination of colors.
Basic Care for African Violets
- Lighting: Seek moderate to bright, indirect, indoor lighting.
- Watering: Keep soil moist to dry allowing soil around the roots to dry out before watering; this will encourage blooming. Remember to water from the bottom up using room temperature water.
To do this, keep your violets in the original plastic container and place plants in a pretty dish or pot. Water from the dish, add the potted plant and let it drink up for about 30 minutes.
You’ll notice I just used a bowl for this and it works great.
Purchase African violet plant food and follow the instructions on the label.
Caring Tips: Pinch off all retired blossoms and stems, this will encourage new growth and remember to place away from drafty areas or bursts of cold air.
So far I’m enjoying this little bit of color in the kitchen, it makes me smile and brings back some neat memories.