African violets are some of the few flowers that bloom constantly indoors, without direct sunlight. They are also very easy to propagate: any healthy firm leaf stuck in the dirt will turn into a new plant. One has to be vigilant with oneself, because it is so easy to turn one’s living room into an African violet habitat. I already have quite a few more than I started with and the window sill is full. The purple beauty in the picture is called “Mellow Magic” and has been blooming without stopping since I got it last spring.
African violets like the same environment we do: temperatures in the seventies, a little cooler at night, not too much humidity and bright light, but not direct sunlight. They can be easily drowned, so let the dirt dry between waterings and make sure it drains well. The typical African violet food will help them thrive and bloom constantly.
They come in any shape of pink, white and violet, and any combination thereof. The flowers may be single, double, fully double, ruffled, or cupped.
These little houseplants are so commonplace and modest that people tend to overlook how beautiful they really are, so I took this close-up picture as a reminder. For the chef of the household, they are the plants that will keep you great company (they seem to find their way into the kitchen, for some reason) and cheer you up while chopping, washing and stirring with sweet and abundant displays of rose and purple.