Wednesday, December 2, 2009

African Violet Terrarium from Dig Design Interior Gardens Gardens


I've said it before and it's still true: I have not tried to grow African Violets before in any circumstance but I am interested in whether they would be suitable terrarium plants. I have heard strange myth-like stories about African Violets needing large amounts of TLC and even certain windowsills for growth. I have always been a little afraid to try them...

Cue this Santa Cruz Sentinel article about terrariums making great gifts and citing Dig Design Interior Gardens Gardens shop terrarium designs. Oh what a teaser photo! It sure looks like African Violets in an open-top terrarium to me!

Maybe I will finally give the plant a try this winter.

Santa Cruz Sentinel

4 comments:

  1. I have grown African violets successfully using tips from my grandmother and mother-in-law. I use the potting soil that is specifically designed for African violets and the pots that allow you to water from the bottom. They do not like to have any moisture touch their leaves at all. They favor indirect lighting so my grandma always had them in the windows on the north side of the house. I have them on the south side of the house but not directly in front of the windows. They are happy and healthy. I am a little unsure how African violets and ferns would share a terrarium like the photo since they would seem to have different water needs. One of mine needs to be split. Maybe I'll try putting it in an open-top terrarium.

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  2. Deb- thank you so much for that info! That sounds do-able. I will definitely try to grow one.

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  3. I have tried to grow african violets in a terrarium and they do very poorly with the leaves turning brown and the flowering stops. I would like to know what is the problem.

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    1. It's my understanding that violets don't like moistureo n their leaves, which may contribute to the browning of the leaves. Perhaps try a larger terrarium container that is easy to open to allow plenty of air circulation for the viole leaves.

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