What Are the Best Ways to Care for African Violets?

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The beautiful purple, violet and indigo blooms of the African violet (Saintpaulia) are bound to bring a little color and cheer to your outdoor garden and your indoor spaces. But keeping an African violet plant in excellent shape can take some extra steps that might surprise you if you're not familiar with the common care requirements associated with this flowering perennial.

There are around 400 different types of violets, and no two are exactly alike. That’s one reason why learning about care requirements specific to African violets is important. To help your African violets flourish — or to prepare for them if you’re considering purchasing some — learn more about what they need in terms of sunlight, water and general care.