As the temperatures rise and the sun shines brightly, your African violets may need a little extra TLC to thrive during the summer months. In this post, we’ll explore tips to help you care for your African violets and keep them flourishing throughout the summer months.
While African violets thrive in bright, indirect light, too much direct sunlight can be harmful. During the summer, be mindful of the intensity of sunlight in your location. Consider moving your plants to locations with filtered light or providing sheer curtains to diffuse the sunlight. Finding the perfect balance will ensure your violets receive the light they need without risking sunburn.
Temperature & Humidity
- Use a hygrometer to track the temperature and humidity in your growing room. I just love this Simple Hygrometer for less than $15
- Ensure good air circulation around the plants to dissipate heat. My absolute favourite electric fan for my African Violet room is the Vornado Energy Fan. It’s pricy but does an extraordinarily good job, is cheap to run, and the dial makes it possible to adjust the strength.
- Shield your violets from sudden temperature fluctuations, such as drafts or air conditioning vents, to prevent stress.
- On days of extreme sun, use window coverings such as outdoor or indoor blinds. Alternatively, consider moving your plant to a cooler location.
During the growing season, which typically aligns with the summer months, African violets benefit from regular, light fertilization. Use a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer diluted to half or a quarter of the recommended strength. If top watering, apply the fertilizer every 2-4 weeks to support healthy growth and vibrant blooms. If wick-watering, your plants may be constantly fed using premixed water and fertiliser in the reservoir.
Summer can bring about an increase in pest activity. Keep a close eye on your African violets for signs of common pests such as aphids, thrips, mites, caterpillars, or mealybugs. Regularly inspect both the upper and lower surfaces of the leaves, and treat promptly with insecticidal soap or Neem oil plant spray if necessary.
With these expert tips, you can ensure your African violets not only survive but thrive during the summer. By paying attention to their unique needs for water, light, temperature, soil, fertilization, and pest prevention, you’ll create an optimal environment for these charming plants to dazzle you with their delightful blooms. Enjoy the summer with your African violets and revel in the beauty they bring to your indoor spaces.