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After a period of time, my violets pull away at the top of soil.  It is as if the roots have rotted away.

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Gloria, unless you can visually see the roots "rotting", then it sounds as if they are just pulling away. Lots of older violets do this. It is bothersome, but can be treated by repotting with lots of healthy soil, also by top-dressing, which is done by taking some healthy soil and incorporating it into the old soil. Then, take an instrument such as a simple kitchen fork and work the new soil gently into the old. Build it up around the large stem where it looks like the roots are separating. That should take care of it. Then observe that violet for moisture, light and possible blooms for several months. Don't do this if indeed you see rotting, though. The rotting usually means death of the roots due to too much moisture, or even worse - a fungal infection, in which case the plant would need to be destroyed, as fungal infections can be spread to other plants.

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PLEASE LIMIT QUESTIONS TO AFRICAN VIOLETS. I will accept any question or problem relating to African Violets and their care. If I do not know the answer, I will research it for you. PLEASE NOTE: I DO NOT ANSWER QUESTIONS FROM FRIDAY NIGHT THROUGH SAT NIGHT AS THIS IS THE JEWISH SABBATH.

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I learned about African Violets at the knee of my grandmother, who was born in 1895. I have been raising violets for nearly 30 years, and have helped friends and relatives with growing as well

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