MINIATURE VARIEGATED AFRICAN VIOLET Saintpaulia

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This is a miniature form of the popular houseplant, and many of the plants will have variegated foliage! It's a great mix! The flowers can be pink, violet, or white. As the plants mature they will show more and more of the variegation.

Miniature African Violets grow from 6–10 cm tall, can be anywhere from 6–15 cm wide. The leaves have a hairy texture. The flowers are 1.5-2 cm in diameter and grow in clusters of 3–10 or more on slender stalks.

Typically, the African violet is a widely cultivated household indoor plant, but can also be an outdoor plant. It is a day-neutral plant regarding flower development.

The plants get their common name "African violet" from their superficial resemblance to true violets (Viola).

The genus is most closely related to Streptocarpus.

Note: African violet seeds are extremely small. Do not bury them for germination. See germination information below. The seeds so very extremely tiny, we use reading glasses to pack them in wax envelopes. If you order please be okay with knowing it's the way that legitimate African Violet seeds are. Thank you :-)

Germination: Seeds from the variegated form of this plant take a little longer to germinate than standard African Violet seeds. Obtain a sterile seed-start mix with nutrients, such as Miracle Grow seeds starter mix. Lightly moisten the mix with non-treated (non-municipal) water such as rain water or bottled water. Flatten the surface. Lightly mist the surface with water to help tamp down the surface of the soil, though be careful not to make it too saturated/wet. Sprinkle the seeds on the surface of the soil, and cover the container with clear plastic, or place the container in a plastic bag. Place the container at 73-77F, 23-25C in very bright light, but not in direct sunlight. Light is required for germination. If you are using florescent lights, place the container about 10" from the lights. Seedlings will appear gradually over 30-50 days, some will continue to germinate slightly longer. Note, once growing, seedlings for variegated plants will take a couple of weeks to show their full variegation, which enhances with maturity.

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