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Hi, not an expert on African Violets, but I can tell you what works for me.
Good drainage, that is key,they don't like to be wet, damp, not wet, allow to dry out slightly. I keep mine in west window, where they get bright indirect light all day, and about 4 hours of direct afternoon light. I water about once a week with 1/4 strength african violet food.
Like I said not an expert, this is what works for me. I am going to do a little bragging though and say that mine are almost constantly in bloom (one has over 30 blooms in a six inch pot).
Of course on the other hand my sister has almost as much success, and she forgets about them for weeks at at time...
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well, it's wilting now, I better go water it
my mom grows tons of them and i take care of them right along with the Carn. plants. water them once a week count to 10 when watering it. don't let the soil dry out to where it is dust. more of a damp feeling.
as for the leaves it is some what easy to grow new plants from leaf cuttings. just break a stem off and place it in water. sometimes it will take sometimes they don't.
i don't give them any light at all just the glare coming in to the back porch and they do great.
i have even imported some in from canada as a get well gift when she was in the hospital. she really wanted a blue flowering one.