Plants: Saintpaulia 'Mickey Mouse' - African Violet

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Saintpaulia 'Mickey Mouse' - African Violet

Light: Moderate to bright, indirect, indoor light. Watering: Keep soil moist to dry, and allow soil around roots to dry out before watering to encourage blooming. Water from the bottom with room temperature water by placing the plastic grower's pot in water, and allowing the plant to absorb the water (not more than 30 minutes). Avoid getting water on the leaves as this can cause spotting damage. For best results, use violet plant food as directed.

Tips: Pinch off spent blossoms and blossom stems to encourage develpment of new blooms. Place plants away from floor vents, fans, or entrance doors to avoid air drafts and bursts of cold air.

The plant you will receive is growing in a 2" pot and in full bloom. Similar to the one pictured.

Miniature African Violets are bred to shape nicely, bloom continually, and typically will have unusually colored and larger than average size blooms. When mature, miniatures grow to less than 6", semiminiatures to less than 8" in diameter. With proper culture, actual plant size usually is much smaller. Care for minis is the same as for the larger "standard"-size varieties--the only difference is size. Give them at least as much light (don't "hide" them underneath larger plants), and water and feed them the same. Grow in either natural or artificial light, and never use a pot larger than 3".

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