Zanzibar

Zanzibar

SKU: FL3882
Zanzibar is a standard type African Violet with highly variable genetics. The attractive single flowers may be blue, pink, purple, red, or white. These classic houseplants can reach over 30cm (12”) in diameter, with a wide range of leaf types. Read More

Exposure Shade

Matures in 75 days

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More details about Zanzibar

Zanzibar is a standard type African Violet with highly variable genetics. The attractive single flowers may be blue, pink, purple, red, or white. These classic houseplants can reach over 30cm (12”) in diameter, with a wide range of leaf types. They're perfect for growing in subdued lighting in the home or office. African violets are native to Tanzania, but have been cultivated for over a century.

Matures in 75 days. (Open-pollinated seeds)

Quick Facts:

    • Houseplant for indoor growing
    • Highly variable flowers
    • Can reach over 30cm (12") in diameter
    • Matures in 75 days

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All About Zanzibar

Latin

Latin
Saintpaulia ionantha.
Gesneriaceae family.

Difficulty

Difficulty
Moderately easy - African Violet seeds are very, very small. The biggest challenge is dealing with the nearly microscopic seeds.

Exposure:

Exposure: Shade
Zone: Not hardy - for indoor growing only

Starting

Starting
Start these perennial houseplants at any time of year, as long as the ambient room temperature is steadily in the range of 20-27°C, (68-80°F). Sow the tiny seeds over the surface of dampened seed starting mix. Be sure the mix contains some balanced organic fertilizer, or use fertilized solution when dampening the mix prior to sowing. Otherwise, the seeds will germinate but not grow at all. Germination may start on the 14th day at room temperature, but we have waited for 29 days in some instances. Be patient and keep the soil moist.

Growing
Grow indoors only. Provide good window light, but not direct sunlight. Grow lights work well. Seedling growth speeds up after 2 1/2 months, so be ready to pot the plants on as needed. Flowering typically begins after 5-6 months. Use soil that is loose, freely draining, and rich in organic matter. Repot once a year with new soil. Keep the soil slightly moist at all times, and use room-temperature water. Avoid getting the foliage and flowers wet - some people prefer watering them from beneath, into a tray below the pot.

How to Grow African Violets

Step 1: Starting

Start these perennial houseplants at any time of year, as long as the ambient room temperature is steadily in the range of 20-27°C, (68-80°F). Sow the tiny seeds over the surface of dampened seed starting mix. Be sure the mix contains some balanced organic fertilizer, or use fertilized solution when dampening the mix prior to sowing. Otherwise, the seeds will germinate but not grow at all. Germination may start on the 14th day at room temperature, but we have waited for 29 days in some instances. Be patient and keep the soil moist.

Step 2: Growing

Grow indoors only. Provide good window light, but not direct sunlight. Grow lights work well. Seedling growth speeds up after 2 1/2 months, so be ready to pot the plants on as needed. Flowering typically begins after 5-6 months. Use soil that is loose, freely draining, and rich in organic matter. Repot once a year with new soil. Keep the soil slightly moist at all times, and use room-temperature water. Avoid getting the foliage and flowers wet - some people prefer watering them from beneath, into a tray below the pot.

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