Raising African Violets for Profit

Learn about raising African violets for profit, includes tips on growing violets, the best temperature and locations for growth and growing equipment.

| January/February 1978

  • Learn about raising African violets for profit.
    Learn about raising African violets for profit.
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  • Learn about raising African violets for profit.

Raising African violets for profit is easy using these helpful growing tips.

African Violet Growing Tips

Growing African Violets From Cuttings or Starts

Raising African Violets for Profit

You can start a mini-farm right in your basement . . . and make good money doing it.

Beautiful, blooming African violets are really easy to grow, once you know how. They're also quite easy to sell . . . especially in the winter, when so many folks are anxious to brighten their homes with pretty flowering houseplants.

Put these two facts — ease of cultivation and active demand — together . . . and what have you got? A mighty attractive cash crop, that's what. I've found that a single 4 by 10-foot bench of African violets in the basement of my suburban Chicago home requires an average of only one-half hour of care a day . . . yet, after expenses, nets me $3,696 a year. That's $20 an hour, which — even in these inflationary times — is pretty good pay in anybody's book. And the benchful of colorful plants that I have for my own enjoyment most of the time is a nice little extra bonus that doesn't cost me a cent!

You Can Grow African Violets Anywhere!

If you're fortunate enough to live in frost-free sections of California or Florida, you can really go into the African violet business in a big way at very little cost by raising the plants outdoors in a shaded area. The rest of us can grow the violets too, of course, but we have to protect 'em from the winter's cold (frost will kill the plants). That "protection", however, is not as difficult as you might think.

9/28/2007 6:59:54 PM

a number of thoughts come to mind. the light needs to be a filtered light, which is like a bright light but from a far. are you over watering or underwatering? home depot offers a wonderful pot designed for african violets. they are a pot within a pot. the outside pot holds the water, the inside pot holds the plant. this inside pot is designed so that it lets the right amount of water in for the plant. also make sure you have the right type of soil. you might also want to give it some african violet plant food which you can find in the gardening sections of the stores. hope this helps and good luck.

5/10/2007 1:34:55 PM

Can you tell me why my african violet won't get any blooms on it? It is on my windowsill but for some reason has not bloomed in a couple years now and I'd like to find out what the reason is.


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