African Violet Tree?
Is your African violet looking more like a small tree, than a normal violet? Does it look like the violet in the picture? I’m embarrassed to even admit that this is my violet. I have let this get too dry, then watered it too much too quickly, and should have re-potted it long ago. It’s a miracle it’s alive after the abuse it has received. I’m going to demonstrate, with pictures, how I rejuvenated this plant. When I’m done, it will be hard to believe it is the same plant.
First, I have removed any brown, dry leaves and mushy leaves. The resulting stem or “trunk” is revealed. The plant is looking better, but still sad. The next step is to take a sharp knife and carefully scrape the trunk all around the entire length. This step gets rid of the brown scabs remaining after the leaves have been removed.
You can see in the next picture, the brown scabby tissue is gone, leaving fresh green plant tissue.
After washing the pot the violet came out of, to remove any unwanted residue, I will re-pot the violet into the same pot. Most standard violets will never need a pot larger than 4″, so I don’t need to use a larger pot.
By cutting away a portion of the root ball, I then can plant the violet back in the same pot. Covering the stem with fresh soil will allow it to grow new roots and the violet will be like a whole new plant. I water it well, let it drain, and allow the foliage to dry. It is a fallacy that you can’t get water on violet leaves. They need a shower once in a while, like any other plant. Leaving the violet out of the direct light until it is dry is the secret. Also, use warm water, not cold. Cold water will leave marks on the leaves.
|Top view of re-potted violet.|
Look at these two pictures. It doesn’t in any way resemble the sad plant in the first picture. It looks like it just spent a day at the spa for plants. It came out refreshed, rejuvenated, and looking great. The last thing I did and it could have been done earlier, is the removal of any flowers or buds. The plant does not need to expend any energy on flowering at this time. It needs to use all its energy to make new roots. It’s hard to see, but there is a flower bud to the left in the first re-potted picture. It is hard to cut potential flowers off, since that’s really why we grow these plants, but it is better for the over-all health of the plant, to remove them.
I have a plant that looks new, fresh and will be blooming again in no time.