The Secret to Growing Tiny African Violets

I can still remember years ago when I spotted the first tiny African Violets.

A native of Africa, these wildflowers have been hybridized to product not only a variety of colors but now different sizes. I've always loved violets, and these teeny tiny forms remind me of the ones I find growing wild in spring in Missouri. The secret to successfully growing these tiny violets is to make sure your container has a built-in wick. Because these containers are also tiny, they don't hold water as long as African Violets prefer and often the plants die just of thirst. With a bottom wick, you can add 1/4 inch of water and the wick will keep the soil moist for 2-3 days.