Plants can bring beauty from outdoors to the inside of your home. Indoor plants generally don’t require as much care as outdoor plants, and they are easy to work with, whatever the weather. But many indoor plants offer more foliage than flowers, except for African violets and related plants.
Most violets and others from the same family originate from climates that are tropical, so they do exceptionally well in humid, warm spots with not a great deal of light. They can be grown on a sill, but they may excel in grow tents. They’re not as difficult to care for as you may think, either. They do have periods of dormancy, but violets and related plants only ask for consistent light and moisture in order to produce flowers.
Violets are very popular plants overall, and they give you multiple colors of blooms. Usually seen in blue and violet, they also can have striped, pink or white flowers. Their leaves are even different from one family member to the next, with some showing fluted or smooth edges that may be speckled or variegated.
You won’t have to worry about running out of space in your grow room for violets. There are even miniature violet varieties that are smaller. Plants related to violets are not dead when they quit blooming. They simply go through dormant stages and then they will bloom again.
Violets grow extremely well under fluorescent lights, and if your home is a comfortable temperature for you, the grow tent can be kept at the same basic levels. These plants are not normally affected by insects, unless you find mealybugs in their leaves. If their conditions become dry and hot, they may be susceptible to mites. Any pests can be sprayed off using warm water.
The medium in which you grow your indoor violets should provide constant and even moisture. You may opt to use a prepared violet mix along with vermiculite or perlite. The humidity should be kept between 50 and 60%. Your plants will show that the humidity is too low with brown edges or tips. During the winter, they will do better within a grow tent or grow room, since natural indoor humidity with home heating is usually too low.
Flame violets are lovely, but they may die if the temperature is too cool. They are as well known for their foliage as for their blooms. You may have leaves of different colors, including red, copper, white, pink and shades of silver or green. Keep them in your grow tent, because if your indoor temperature goes below 60 degrees, they may suffer collapse and be unable to recover.
Flame violets do not have a dormant stage, so they grow in a steady way. Their foliage may eventually cascade for 18 or more inches. Sometimes during the winter months, they go out of the blooming stage, but if they are in a grow tent under lights, you’ll almost always have flowers. This can really brighten up your house during the cold winter months.