How to Prune an African Violet

by Alex Kountry
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How to Prune an African Violet – The African violet is a beautiful and popular houseplant. Though it is not difficult to care for, many people are unsure how to properly prune their African violet. This guide will teach you everything you need to know about pruning your African violet, from the basics of plant anatomy to the different pruning techniques you can use.

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Pruning Basics

African violets are beautiful, delicate flowers that make a great addition to any home. They are also relatively easy to care for, but one important thing to remember is that they need to be pruned regularly. Pruning helps to encourage new growth and can also help to shape the plant. In this article, we will cover the basics of pruning an African violet.

When to prune

The best time to prune your African Violet is in the spring, just before the plant begins to produce new growth. You can also prune in the summer if necessary, but avoid pruning in the fall or winter, as this can shock the plant.

What tools to use

Pruning shears are the best tool to use when pruning African violets because they allow you to make clean cuts without crushing the stems. Avoid using garden shears, as they will crush the stems and make it more difficult for the plant to recover.

African Violet Pruning

There are a few reasons why you would want to prune your African violet. By pruning, you can encourage your plant to produce more flowers, make it bushier, and even help it to live longer. The best time to prune your African violet is in the spring, after it has flowered.

Remove spent blooms

When your African violet is done blooming, you’ll need to remove the spent blooms. To do this, simply snap the bloom stem off at the base of the plant. You can also snip it with a pair of scissors if you prefer. Be sure to remove any leaves that have turned yellow or brown as well.

Cut back leggy stems

If your African violet has become leggy, with long stems and few leaves, it’s time to give it a good pruning. Trim back the longest stems by half their length, cutting just above a leaf axil (the point where a leaf is attached to the stem). If necessary, you can also remove any yellow or dead leaves. New shoots will soon appear from the leaf axils, resulting in a fuller, bushier plant.

Trim off dying leaves

Pruning an African violet is simple. Start by trimming off any dead leaves. If a leaf is starting to turn yellow or brown, it’s probably not long for this world, so go ahead and snip it off. You can also trim away any leaves that are significantly smaller than the others.

Next, take a look at the stems. If any of them are longer than the others, you can go ahead and trim them down to size. This will help your African violet look more balanced and full.

Finally, if your African violet has any flower buds that haven’t bloomed yet, you can go ahead and snip those off too. This may seem counterintuitive, but trust us – it’ll encourage your plant to produce even more beautiful blooms in the future!

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Alex Kountry

Alex Kountry is the founder of HayFarmGuy and has been a backyard farmer for over 10 years. Since then he has decided to write helpful articles that will help you become a better backyard farmer and know what to do. He also loves to play tennis and read books