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Why did my native violet leaves change shape?

I planted a small section of native violet in a terrarium and the new leaves are no longer the usual round kidney shape. They have become slightly elongated and have three short points, similar to ivy. What is the likely cause of this?

Submitted: 01:26PM, 18 Feb 2019
Answer: Hi Victoria,

Thank you for contacting Yates.

The reason your violets may have changed shape is most likely due to the reduced availability of light.
When plants are starved of light they often:
- increase the size of their leaf
- increase the distance between leaves along the stem
- reduce the leaf thickness
- leaves can become darker in colour, due to increased chlorophyll

We recommend placing your terrarium into a position with a little bit more natural light and fertilising with ‘Yates Thrive Houseplant Liquid Plant Food’ as a complete liquid fertiliser that provides most houseplants with the balanced nutrition they need to produce stronger and healthier foliage. Use the fertiliser on your terrarium only a couple of times a year because frequent fertilising may cause too much growth.

Joyful gardening!
Kind regards,

Yates Horticulturist

Answered: 03:47PM, 14 Mar 2019


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