Here’s how to replant your African violets to another container the right way!

#1 Timing

Repot your African violets every six months for optimal flowering. If you prefer growing them in smaller containers, consider moving them to larger ones every 3 months.

#2 Container Size

You can use the same pot or go one size larger when repotting African violets. If you’re using the same planter, make sure to trim the roots a bit so that they can fit.

#3 Drainage Holes

African violets need excellent drainage and holes will make sure of that. They will reduce the risk of overwatering. Drainage holes also allow you to flush the soil to remove salt and mineral build up.

#4 Azalea Pots

Azalea pots are those round planters with a lot of potholes. They are perfect for African violets, too, not just azaleas.

#5 Sterilizing Old Pots

Old containers may harbor bacteria, fungi, and other disease-bearing organisms.  Luckily, you can clean them without any issue. Soak them in a 10% bleach-water mix for 30 minutes and rinse them thoroughly afterwards.

#6 Potting Mix

Mix coco coir, pumice, and vermiculite for the best results. You can add worm castings and use peat moss and perlite instead of coir and pumice.

#7 Removing With Care

One way is to invert the planter, hold your hand above the plant, and gently shake it out. Make sure the soil is moist so your African violet is easier to remove.

#8 Trim Damaged Leaves & Old Flowers

This will help your African violet save energy and help it get over the transplant shock much faster.

#9 Water

Give your African violets deep watering after you repot them. Pour moisture in until you see it run out through the drainage holes. Let the excess drain and empty the saucer so that your plant isn’t in standing water.

#10 Humidity

Cover your newly repotted African violets with a humidity dome or a plastic bag. This will increase air moisture levels and ease the effects of the transplant shock.

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