Success With Seeds Saintpaulia

Saintpaulia Germination Information

Saintpaulia is the botanical name for African Violet
Saintpaulia Seed Germination How to Sow Saintpaulia:
  • Best sown indoors at 70-75° with NO cover as light aids in germination
  • Expect germination in 20-25 days
  • Sow the fine seeds at any time of the year
  • It is not recommended to sow seeds outdoors

How to Grow Saintpaulia:
Transplanting: Transplant when there are at least two sets of true leaves

Temperature: Grow on at 75-80° days/70-72° nights. Temperatures above 85° and below 70° will delay flowering; temperatures below 50° will damage plants

Lighting: Site in bright indirect or filtered light; they can withstand the winter sun and also respond well to fluorescent lights

Soil: Plant in a snug-fitting pot in a rich, well-drained medium kept evenly moist as the roots will decline when the soil becomes bone dry

Watering: Cool water causes leaf damage, therefore bottom water with tepid water to avoid contact with the leaves

Additional Care: Provide 40-60% humidity by placing potted plants in wet pebble trays

Appearance and Use:

Grown exclusively as house or conservatory plants and they thrive in these environments. These rosette-forming, 4 inch tall by 12 inches wide, plants come in thousands of varieties. Leaves are bronze-coppery-green, 2-3 inches long, and velvety textured. Clusters of 4-5 flowers are produced year round in colors of pink, blue, purple, white, or rose. Flowers may be bicolored, the edges may be ruffled or frilled, and the petals may be single or double in arrangement

About Saintpaulia:
Pronunciation:  sant-pâ’le-å i-o-nan’thå
Lifecycle:  Perennial Potted Plant
Origination: Gesneriaceae, native to Tanzania
Common Name: African Violet