Landscaping & Nursery Information for Home Gardeners
African Violets - Lighting
Light is crucial for African violets to bloom. Without it, plants remain green with leaves slightly cupping upward. Too much light will cause foliage to look droopy and brown along the leaf margins.

A healthy African violet will bloom for three months and then rest for a month.

African violets require at least eight hours of filtered light (east or west exposure) per day. Keep plants close to the window, but watch out for cold weather.

If supplemental lighting is used, place plants no closer than six (6) inches and no further than twelve (12) inches from fluorescent lights. Use a timer to regulate eight to ten hours of simulated daylight.

Incandescent light bulbs tend to give off too much heat and can burn leaves. If used, incandescent bulbs should be at least fifteen (15) inches from the top of the plant.

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