For best flowering and growth, many African violet aficionados grow their plants under grow lights. Set the bulbs about 12″ to 15″ above the tops of the plants, depending on the strength of the bulbs and size of the plants. Use a timer set to 14 hours of light and 10 hours of dark each day.
What type of grow light is best for African violets?
A good starting point for a broad range of African violets (AV) is one 5000K T5HO fluorescent light bulb placed above the AVs to achieve a range of 3000-3500 Lux for standards, and 4500-5000 Lux (two bulbs may be required) for mini’s and semi-mini’s.
How many watts do African violets need?
Most African violet light stands use 40 watt tubes, larger tubes are much dearer and 20 watt tubes are not so economical considering the cost of making a stand and the diminishing light at the ends of the tubes.
How do I know when my African violet needs more light?
If your African violet isn’t getting enough sun, it’ll let you know. Keep an eye out for yellowing leaves, leggy stems, and stunted bloom growth, the telltale signs that your plant is undernourished and needs more sun to stimulate healthy photosynthesis processes.