African Violets

Course CodeVHT105
Fee CodeS2
Duration (approx)100 hours
QualificationStatement of Attainment

Became an Expert in African Violets

Designed for the African Violet enthusiast, this course covers everything from potting and feeding, to pests and propagation. You learn how African Violets are classified, and cover the exciting range of varieties available. Heres your chance to achieve outstanding results with African Violets.

Home Study Course for growing African Violets and African Violet Care for:

  • passionate amateur gardeners
  • plant collectors
  • commercial growers
  • CPD for horticulturists, garden centre staff and florists

Lesson Structure

There are 8 lessons in this course:

  1. Introduction
    • What is an African Violet
    • Plant name pronunciation
    • Review of the system of plant identification
    • Introduction to Gesneriads
    • Classification of Gesneriaceae
    • Introduction to most commonly grown African Violet Species
    • Information contacts (ie: nurseries, seed, clubs etc.)
  2. Culture
    • Understanding how plants grow
    • Soils ad nutrition
    • African Violet potting mixes
    • Other cultural practices -Planting, watering, feeding, etc.
    • Review of Gesneriad Genera -Columnea, Streptocarpus, Episcia, Aeschynanthus etc
  3. Propagation
    • Sexual and asexual explained
    • Propagation aids -greenhouses, hotbeds, cold frames, misting etc.
    • Cuttings
    • Seed
    • Division
  4. Pests & Disease
    • Plant maintenance and health
    • Identifying problems
    • Controlling problems
    • Reviewing pest, disease and environmental issues that can confront African Violets
  5. Light and its Affects
    • Understanding light affects on african violet flowering
    • Artificial lighting
  6. Greenhouse Culture
    • The greenhouse system
    • Components of a greenhouse (floor, structure, ventilation, heating, etc)
    • Types off Greenhouses
    • Shadehouses
    • Coldframes
    • Heated propagators
    • Environmental controls
    • Heaters, Ventilators, etc
  7. Ways to Use African Violets
    • Containers, in the ground, in greenhouses, growing for profit (to sell etc.)
    • Review of popular cultivars
  8. Special Assignment
    • PBL Project: Planning the establishment of a collection of Gesneriads, for a specific (real or hypothetical) location.

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.


  • Describe how African Violets and related plants are classified and the plant naming system
  • Describe the cultural requirements of African violets
  • Select appropriate propagating materials and using them, propagate African violets.
  • Identify and control pest and diseases of African violets
  • Discuss the role that light plays in the growth of African violets
  • Describe greenhouses and other environmental control equipment used for growing African violets.
  • Describe the various ways in which African violets can be grown
  • Demonstrate the knowledge acquired for a specific group or individual plant in the Gesneriaceae family through research.

Cultivars of African Violets

There are over 40,000 varieties of African Violets known to be in existence, and new ones are being developed all the time.

Old classifications indicate around 20 species, but newer classifications suggest as few as 6, with many older species now being considered sub species.

The following are some of the more popular African Violet cultivars that have been grown around the world.

Pink Flowers

Georgia  -Single flower, Deep pink; dark green leaf

Maria  -Single flower, Frilled petals, Bright pink, mid green leaf

Marguerite  - Large star flowers, Wavy petals, Pink

Rococo Pink –Double flower, Iridescent pink

Swan Lake  - Large flowers, Ruffled edges to petals, Deep pink flower

White Flowers

Garden News  -Double white with pale purplish centre, ruffled petals, Light green leaves

Sleeping Beauty  -Single white flower, Ruffled petals

White Disco  -Double flower, Very floriferous, glossy medium green leaves

Blue Flowers

Bright Eyes  -Single flower, Dark blue with prominent yellow anthers on flowers; Dark green leaves

Chantabent  -Single flower, violet blue slightly paler than Bright eyes, Dark green leaves with red undersides.

Delft   -Very large semi double flowers; Cornflower blue colour, mid green foliage, relatively vigorous variety

Wonderland  -Large semi double flowers, Light blue, Olive green wavy leaves

Purple Toned Flowers

Diana Blue  -Single, mid purple with contrasting yellow anthers

Fusspot  -Double flowers, Lilac with richer colour on edges of petals

Summer Spice  - Souble star flowers, Lilac colour with purple specks or streaks

Tessa  -Frilled petals, Rich purple colour, Floriferous. Lush mid green leaves

Red Toned Flowers

Colorado   -Single frilled flowers, Margenta, mid green leaves

Kristi Marie  Semi Double star flower, Brick red with occasional white edges to petals. Strong grower bur can be slow to flower

Kingswood Red   Large semi double flowers, red, light green leaves

Red and White Flowers

Fancy Pants   -Single flower, Frilled red and white. Very popular and prized variety by many enthusiasts.

Silver Milestone Star   -Huge single star Flowers, Magenta with white edges

Mystic Moment   -Semi Double and striking; Magenta with white edges, Deep green leaves

Blue and White Flowers

Alabama  -Single, Frilled petals, White flowers edged with blue

Ballet Silver –Large single star flowers, Deep royal blue with white edge to petals

Blue Nymph  -Blue and white pansy like flowers

China Cup  -Single star flowers, floriferous, two tone blue and white (Darker blue in the centre)

Porcelain   -Single flowers, White with vivid blue markings, light green leaves

Pink and White Flowers

Celebration  -Large single flowers, Ruffled petals, White banded with rich pink

Crimson Frost  -Frilled petals, Dark pink with white edges and prominent yellow stamens

Dorothy  -Large, single frilled flowers, Pink with white edges, Light green leaves with long stalks.

Fancy Pants –Single flowers, white with frilled red margins, Mid green leaves

Harlequin  -Frilled petals, White with pink-magenta markings, Deep green leaves

Miss Pretty  -Single, frilled flowers, Pale pink and white, Pale green leaves



Who Can Benefit From This Course?

  • Those wanting to learn more about African Violets
  • Those working in the industry
  • Those wanting to set up a business
  • Hobbyists


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