03-04-2012, 11:12 PM
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Originally Posted by jpyerry
I did a little research on this, and there are several things that can cause this:
First, is inadequate light, but if you are sure that it is not a lighting problems, then that is most likely not the culprit.
Second, is too low of a humidity level.
Third, some African Violet cultivars actually grow this way naturally.
Lastly, it could be the result of improper soil pH or lack of nutrients (and nutrient availability can be affected by pH problems), some guides recommend repotting in fresh medium and refertilizing.
Good luck with it!
Hmmm, that gives me something to think about. The humidity may be a problem, I have it in my kitchen window which faces west, and they get good light in the afternoon. I have others that seem to have no problem blooming there with no leaf curl.
I just potted them up in September or October using Miracle Grow African Violet Potting Soil, and I fertilize with Schultze's for African Violets. I think its like 17-9-17, or something like that. I did fertilize last week, and I added a little Epsom salts, since I had read an article stating that the curling may be a result of too little magnesium.
I'm thinking maybe, because both my SIL and I have cuttings from the same plant doing the same thing that they are the type that grows this way naturally. Maybe I'll so a little more research.