There are three basic methods for acquiring an African violet plant:
1. Buy one at a supermarket. (Sure you can get one at a plant nursery, but they usually charge more!)
When you're picking one out to buy, make sure the leaves look green and healthy. Try to get one with some not-yet-flowered buds on it. Take it home and put it in a new pot right away (see Potting an African Violet).
2. Get a leaf (or two) from a friend (then see Rooting an African violet from a cutting). This is the cheapest way!
3. Buy one at a nursery. They may cost more, but they'll be in better shape, and they may have more choices than the local supermarket.
Introduction | Type of flower pot | Potting an African violet | Potting procedure | Rooting an African violet from a cutting | The correct light for your African violet | Keeping your African violet humid | Watering your African violet | Encylopedia Britannica Article | Photos of African violets | Links to other African Violet Sites
Last revised September 24, 2008