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African Violet Seeds

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    If your seeds arrive in poor condition, you are eligible for a free replacement or refund. We want you to be able to enjoy the hobby, and will do everything we can to make sure you're satisfied with our seeds and bulbs! Read more in our refund policy.

    1 teal packet of 20 African Violet Seeds (care guide included)

    African Violets are a staple indoor plant, staying small and producing colorful flowers year round indoors! These vibrant blooms will bring life and a pop of color to any space. While the plants are easy to grow and care for, growing them from seed makes for a great gardening challenge!

    About each variety:

    - Variegated African Violets: are similar to standard violets, only with white markings on the leaves. They are slightly more slow growing and require a little more light than the standard variety.

    - Lil Gems: similar to standard violets, however they’re 3-6in wide and some leaves are variegated. You can also expect some variation in flower color and leaf shape. Since this variety is a hybrid, germination rates are lower(about 50%).

    - Standard: Standard African Violet leaf shapes and sizes vary, and flowers can be pink, purple, red or white.

    - Fantasy: Fantasy African Violets are similar to standard violets with similar leaf shapes, but most flowers will be bi-color.

    - Trailer: Trailer African Violets are similar to standard violets, only the stems grow longer allowing the plant to trail over the sides of the planters.

    About the seeds:


    beginner | intermediate | advanced

    Germination Time:(days)

    14-30 days


    sprinkle on the surface of soil


    2-5 per soil pod or planter

    Recommended planter

    small soil pod or 2-3" nursery planter

    Time to Maturity(days)

    6-7 months

    Seed Prep

    pre-soak | scarification | stratification | none


    greenhouse method | paper towel method


    70F - 80F

    About the Plants:


    small bushy plant with velvety green leaves with

    white variegation and pastel-colored blooms.


    beginner | intermediate | advanced

    Growth Speed

    slow | medium | fast

    Size of plant



    full sun | partial sun | shade | grow lights 


    well- draining coconut coir/peat-based potting mix 


    warm | cool


    cats | dogs | no


    crown & root rot, blight, spider mites, mealy bugs


    heavy | moderate | light


    These seeds grow slowly, so we recommend using the following to sow the seeds: 

    Fertilize potting mix with diluted liquid fertilizer prior to sowing and continue watering with diluted fertilizer as the seedlings grow. If using a grow light, place the planter ~10in away from the light and keep the lights on for 10hrs a day.

    (Find more info on germinating seeds by going to our seed guide)

    These seeds are for the 2023 growing season.

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    African Violet Seeds - Plantflix
    African Violet Seeds - Plantflix
    African Violet Seeds - Plantflix
    African Violet Seeds - Plantflix
    African Violet Seeds - Plantflix
    African Violet Seeds - Plantflix
    African Violet Seeds - Plantflix
    African Violet Seeds - Plantflix
    African Violet Seeds - Plantflix
    African Violet Seeds - Plantflix
    African Violet Seeds - Plantflix
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    Customer Reviews

    Based on 4 reviews
    Donald Murray

    Good pricing and service. Good information for planting. Have had good results so for.

    Sprouting in a Smart Garden

    Had trouble keeping the sprouts moist on my other attempts. These are very delicate sprouts. This is my 3rd attempt starting African Violets. I started the seeds in a Click & Grow (never have to worry about watering or light) and very quickly I got seriously tiny sprouts. Super excited! Third time's a charm!
    If anyone has any problem seeds, you should definitely try a smart garden.

    Seriously tiny!

    Managed to “plant” them and hoping to see sprouts in the next two weeks! Putting them on a small white piece of paper helped, then shook them gently to get one or two seeds to each section of the tray. Can’t wait to see what happens!

    David Crisman
    Coming along

    Sowed seeds on very fine vermiculite. With a magnifying glass I saw them peeking out yesterday.

    when you order with us:

    • your seeds and orders are hand-packed in San Diego

    • your order ships in 1-2 business days

    • free replacements for seeds that arrive in bad condition

    • we're always here to help with any questions!


    how difficult are these seeds to grow?

    Houseplant seeds are generally trickier to grow than your more common garden seed varieties- they require a specific setup and more time to sprout. You can find the difficulty for each seed variety specified under the "about the seeds" tab on each product page.

    We definitely recommend following the setups outlined in our seed guide here, and you can find further details in our blog!

    how long does it take for the seeds to germinate?

    Houseplant seeds take longer than most seeds to germinate, the average time for germination is 2-3 weeks. If you're curious about the sprouting time for a specific seed variety, you can find that information in the "about the seeds" tab on each product page.

    how do I grow houseplant seeds?

    All of our orders come with a basic starter guide for you to follow, but our seed guide here goes in much more detail and also offers alternative seed starter methods.

    We also include additional planting tips specific to each seed variety under the "instructions" tab of each product page. If you need extra help, don't hesitate to reach out to us at!

    my seeds aren't germinating, what do I do?

    Houseplant seeds are tricky, and sometimes certain more difficult varieties can take some practice to finally get them to sprout!

    If you're having trouble with the seeds, you're not alone. Luckily there are ways to sometimes salvage seeds by adjusting the setup- this quiz can help diagnose any issues you may have with your setup and make suggestions for how to improve it.

    You can also email us at and we can help out! If the seeds still aren't germinating, we'll send out a replacement :)