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Don't overthink this. I believe that there are a few secrets to success though and if you DON'T have these elements, they won't do well.

1. The right light. Mine get morning sun, and they sit in a window all day every day in a bright room that has a lot of natural light. I rotate them when I water them.

2. I water them from the underside, never over the top or over the leaves. I get them good and wet and then I let them dry out. This typically means I water them about once a week.

3. I feed them African Violet food that I got, cheap, from Amazon. It's in drop form. I just put a few drops in the water when I water them.

I realized I was onto something when I bought a terrible looking African violet at an estate sale. I mean it was nearly dead, and very small, so I figured I had very little to lose. WOW. Within a month, it was gorgeous and was blooming, and it's never stopped since (this was about 4 years ago). I had put it in a biggish container, being hopeful, and now I'm wondering if I should transplant it. So anyway, I went and bought another one at Lowes, which also looked poorly and now it's doing great too. Since I am nowhere near a Plant Whisperer - I mean, plants either need to make it or not but I'm not going to pamper or fret over anything - I figure it's got to be the light, the watering, and the plant food. Cuz that's all I'm doing with them.
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