Violet PotsWritten by Linda Paquette
Pot size is important for your African violets because they grow best when their roots fill pot! Although pot-bound means disaster to many plants, to African violet it’s synonymous with comfort! A three-inch pot is ample room for small African violets. A good rule of thumb for repotting is to change pots when plant overflows its pots or, in other words, when foliage rosette spills over edges.
Although African violets are easy-growing plants and apt to “bloom where they are planted”, special violet pots come in a wide variety of styles, shapes, colors and sizes for violet growing enthusiast. The most important point to consider when choosing new pots for your African violets is drainage. The African violet is a plant that needs plenty of good circulation. Like many plants, it “breaths” through its roots. While violet grows best in a moist potting mixture, roots that stand in water will drown. Pots with good drainage help you ensure that your violet gets a satisfactory mix of both air and moisture.
Self Watering Violet PotsWritten by Linda Paquette
Violets and African violets grow in just about any type of flowerpot they’re put in, but usually when someone talks about violet pots, they’re talking about two part ceramic pots, especially made for African violet.
Although violet pots are a bit more expensive than standard flowerpots, they are well worth added few cents. The main reason for failure in growing African violets is over-watering. When you use African violet pots for your plants, they have a steady supply of moisture without becoming saturated. Also referred to as “self-watering pots”, violet pots are two-piece sets consisting of a reservoir, typically made of glazed ceramic and an unglazed ceramic pot for growing your plants. When you add water to reservoir and reinsert unglazed pot, it displaces water, makes it ride up sides and provides even moisture for your potting mix. You simply refill reservoir every week to ten days.