African violets can be watered from the top or the bottom, but only with room-temperature or slightly warmer water. If you water from the bottom, fill the saucer (or a teacup jardiniere) with one inch of water, and let the plant absorb all of the moisture it can for exactly 30 minutes. Then pour off any excess. Few plants aside from the cyclamen or primrose can tolerate standing water at their roots. If you water from the top, immediately empty surplus from the saucer. And don’t worry about splashing the leaves. If your water is room-temperature, and the plants are not in direct sun, no spotting will occur.
So again — what are you? A top or a bottom? Or do you prefer the wick or mat method for keeping your African violets comfortably moist? Photo: R.H. Blackburn (I dare you to click on the picture)