Saintpaulia is a small house plant with single or double flowers. The leaves are generally hairy, round or oval and some of the leaves have interesting patterns on them.
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Water the plant from below and keep the plant evenly moist. Avoid splashing water on the leaves.
Feed at every watering all year round with high potash fertilizer at 1/4 strength.
Re-pot in Spring using peat-based compost, only when plant looks really overcrowded in the pot.
Propagate Saintpaulias from late Winter to Summer. Trim the leaf stalk about 1 - 1 1/2 inches long. Insert 1/2 - 3/4 of the stalk in 2 inches pot of moistened potting mixture of 2 parts sand and 1 part peat. Cover it with plastic bag or in a propagator and put it in bright light. Leaves can be rooted in jars of water and potted as soon as the roots are 1 inch long. Seeds can be sown in warmth.
Saintpaulias need good light but not direct sunlight. During Winter the plant needs 14 hours of light a day. If the plant stops blooming, supplement with artificial light.
A pinch of Epsom salts added once to the water in early Summer will encourage the plant to flower. Knead aluminium foil around the edge of a clay pot to prevent leaves taking up moisture and rotting.
Keep the plant in small pot, in warmth and in high humidity for good flower production. Gently clean the leaves with a dry soft brush and remove dead flowers.
In kitchen, bathroom, lounge, terrarium, window-sill and table-top.
The plant needs high humidity, stand it on a tray with moist pebbles.
Peat-based potting compost.
Scientists were able to revive a flowering plant from the fossilized fruit found in the stomach of an Arctic ground squirrel who was trapped in ice around 32,000 years ago.