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How do you take care of African violet flowers?

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Take care for African violets by placing them in a location with plenty of sunlight, keeping them in a humid environment and watering them often. Feed them with African violet fertilizer, and as they grow, repot them as necessary.

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Place your potted African violet in a bright location with indirect light, i.e. within one foot of fluorescent lights or in an east-facing or south-facing window. During the winter, keep them a few feet away from the window to avoid chilly drafts that can harm the plant. The plant needs to be kept in a warm, humid location with temperatures between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. In order to improve humidity, mist the plant and place it on a tray of wet pebbles. Water it with warm water, and be careful not to splash any of the leaves which can cause water damage.

Every two weeks fertilize the plant. Underpot it until it outgrows the container, then move up one pot size. Remove dead flowers, and trim wilted leaves. Remove them from the pot instead of allowing them to litter the soil. Prune any plantlets that grow from the base of the plant to encourage growth. The plantlets can then be potted separately.

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