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Propagating African Violets by Leaf Stem Rooting

You've got a great looking African Violet and you want to propagate it to give one to a friend. Or, perhaps your friend has an African Violet that you would love to have in your home. In either case, you can propagate them by rooting leaf cuttings. It's easy. But, it takes several weeks for the cuttings to root, and to produce tiny plantlets.... baby plants. Once the plantlets emerge from the soil, it takes even more weeks, for this slow growing plant to become large enough for you to handle and transplant it into its own container. 

Propagating African Violets:

African violets can be propagated by rooting leaf cuttings.

  1. Fill a small pot or container with soft, rich seed starting soil.

  2. Add water. The soil should be moist, but not soggy.

  3. Cut a mature leaf from the parent plant.

  4. Cut off the top half of the leaf. This will help to encourage a focus on root growth

  5. Make a fresh cut of the leaf stem at a 45 degree angle.

  6. Push the stem into the moist soil in the pot. Keep the soil moist.

  7. Put the to with the leaf into a baggie to help retain moisture.

  8. Place the pot in a warm, bright room, but out of direct sunlight.

  9. After about 12 weeks small plantlets will emerge from the soil.

  10. When the plantlets reach a manageable size, they can be separated and planted in their own container.

Garden Tip: Looking to make several plants? You can plant one or more leaves into the same container.

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