Do African violets go dormant?

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No. Unlike some other members of the gesneriad family, particularly those that are rhizomatous or tuberous, violets (which are fibrous rooted) won't go dormant, if good culture is provided. If a good, consistent, growing environment is provided, a violet will grow and bloom nearly continually. Most people visiting our shop (any many of you perhaps) grow their plants in windows. Keep in mind that a window environment is not constant, so that growth of a plant in that environment is not constant. Here in the northeast U.S., for example, we may not see sunshine for weeks during the middle of winter. In addition, the day length can be as much as 6 hours less than in the middle of summer. Less light, of course, means slower growth and fewer blooms--what appears to be dormancy. This is why many hobbyists grow under florescent lighting, since the light provided is constant, day after day, which encourages constant growth and bloom. If you do grow in a window, you may want to move plants to ...
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