A well-drained potting mix is essential for African violets. Poor drainage can cause root rot, where the plant becomes waterlogged and its leaves begin to drop, so make sure the plant is never exposed to standing water for any length of time.1

Keep the soil moist with warm water and aim for high humidity. Do not allow water to come in contact with the plant’s leaves to prevent damage, other than light misting. Water from below, or push the watering can into the soil when watering. Do not let the plant sit in water.

Temperature and humidity
African violets like warm and humid conditions and thrive at 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Do not let the temperature drop below about 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Do your best to keep the plants away from any drafts in the home.