Native to South America, Raindrop likes cool, humid conditions with temperatures between 65 and 80 degrees F. Because it evolved on the jungle floor it prefers a bright spot with filtered light. Direct sun can burn the leaves.
Water only when the soil surface is completely dry to the touch. These plants are easily overwatered because their thick leaves are designed to store moisture so err on keeping your plants on the dry side. To keep your plant in optimal condition, feed it with some liquid houseplant fertilizer once a month during the spring and summer. Don’t feed in the fall or winter.
As your plant matures it may decide to reward you with a crop of fragrant, slender, greenish-white blooms. After the flowers fade just snip off the dead blooms. With good care, Raindrop will grow 12 to 15 inches tall. If you need to repot in fresh soil, look for a rich, well-drained potting mix designed for African violets.
If you like Raindrop's shiny round leaves, you'll also love Pilea Sharing plant.
Written by Doug Jimerson