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Variegated African violet also called Saintpaulia or giant panda, native to eastern arc mountain ranges and coastal forests in southern Kenya and northern Tanzania ; they have large flowers and exciting to see. It doesn’t bloom, but its leaves remain vibrant with color .its species has been expanded to more than 20 species, but this concept has been narrowed down by a recent study that showed that these taxa are poorly genetically and differentiated morphologically; therefore, the number of species was reduced to six while the majority of former species reduced to varieties of S. ionantha and subspecies.

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Variegated African violet can be cultivated easily from cuttings due to their asexual propagation; they occur naturally in the wild. Conservation of African violets in their natural habitats can contribute to developing intermediate strains or new varieties in horticulture that can possibly support local communities in these areas. They require acidic soil since they are among the families of Ericaceae, they also enjoy high humidity, but they don’t require any special light as long as they are getting enough indirect light.

 The African violet plant is beautiful, with many leaves having dark green and light green stripes. Violet plants are usually small but can grow big when given enough time and care.

Classification of African violets

There usually are three well-known types of African violets, which are :

  • Variegated foliage – They are classified into three types of variegation: a white-edged leaf ( Tommie Lou), a Crown, which has white center leaves, and Mosaic, which has leaves that have speckled white color.

How to grow it

You might want to grow violet plants in your place; it’s a good thing to see plantlets grow and become plants that you would love to see in your garden; it is fascinating with their fuzzy leaves.

Requirements for Variegated African violet

  • Section(crown variegation) of the plant or even a whole plant(African violet)
  • Sharp knife
  • Pot
  • Moist soil  
  1. .Cut a section of the plant(African violet); make sure it is a sharp cut blunt knife damages cells 
  2. Four leaves 2. You will require a ½ to ¾-inch stem to plant in the soil,
  3. Fill a 3-inch pot with moist soil.
  4. Make a hole in the center approximately 1 inch deep, and you can insert a pencil into the moist soil to make a perfect hole.
  5. Place the crown in the hole, let it rest exactly where it needs to sit on the pot, add more soil to fill it, and firm them slightly.
  6. Place the pot in a good light.

The root will appear, and the plant will start growing in about a month .make sure the plant has the proper moisture all the time; the variegated plant can remain in the pot for about two months. Plants that  have crown variegation show colors on the inner leaves growing at the center crown . Watered them when the soil is dry for at least ten days; you can use a sprayer to add water little by little until the soil is well moist and make sure you are not adding more water because it can rot.

 This plant can tolerate temperatures from 18 to 27 degrees Celsius, which means that the violet plant can do well in cold seasons when placed near the window or in the direct sunlight outside .when placed in the sunlight, this plant needs to be watered twice in three days to prevent it from drying.

Do not use fertilizers at the early stages; wait about two weeks before using any fertilizer. Begin with about 1/8 tablespoon for a gallon of water and gradually increase as the plant grows larger. Add fertilizers during the springtime when it’s starting to grow to ensure that your plants develop a lush and healthy lawn of leaves and to prevent them from getting leggy.

Do not let your violet sit in its runoff water because it can rot

Make sure you are not re-using soil; it may affect the growth of your violet.

Do not sit your violet in the sun; just provide light for about 8 hours a day.

Do not let your plant go dry; make sure you are adding water.

It is crucial to check your plants monthly for problems like fungal diseases.

The bacterial disease can enter your plant through a wound on the stems and leaves, and it can multiply fast and damage your plant badly by making black or brown leaves.

Control: wash your hands anytime before handling your violets and sterilize tools before using them

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