African Violets are a very common houseplant. And now that our holidays are past, they are a lovely addition to the house for some pretty decorative indoor color. Very often you will see three of them on a wrought iron vintage garden stand designed especially for them. These stands are becoming more and more rare. They are old fashioned but you can still find them at country antique stores. This small plant is a bit fussy in terms of its care. They have fuzzy looking leaves and prolific velvety colorful flowers and they have an almost continual blooming phase. They are somewhat similar to an orchid, in that once they bloom, their blooming phase lasts fairly long. They are usually very economical, and they will reward you for several years, if cared for properly. A warning; every now and then you will buy a dud. They try, but for some reason they just don’t make it. This is fairly rare but it does happen and it’s not your fault. Violets like to be grown in the plastic pot they come in. Rarely will you need to repot. They prefer a crowded root system with little soil. The soil can recede over time with watering, so you can very carefully add a little with a teaspoon. Bright indirect light is perfect and an east-facing window is best. If you have a spot on a side table under a lamp source, they are very content. Always water them from the bottom. Do not get water on their leaves. Let them sit in a small bowl with one inch of water. Add more, if they drink all of it. Then remove them and sit them on a cloth or paper towel to soak up the residual moisture. Do not water again until completely dried out and their pot is very light weight and is clearly dry. African Violets are pet-safe.