African violets are easy to care for, but they do require a routine. Careful watering, no direct sunlight, good air circulation, and temperatures between 65 and 75 degrees are the basic rules. Experts recommend specific steps for African violets that gardeners don’t usually extend to their other plants. Flush the plant’s soil with clear water every six weeks to prevent harmful salts from building up. An African violet also requires a fertilizer that contains nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium to encourage root development and lots of blooms. The leaves of these plants also do best with regular dusting. A small, stiff paintbrush works well, but remember to support the leaf from underneath while dusting, so you don’t break it off.
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