Re: Growing a Newly Rooted African Violet -- to Cover or Not to Cover? ...

On 17 Aug 2003 16:12:31 -0700, snipped-for-privacy@his.com (Linda W.) wrote:

Linda, The plastic bag raises the humidity around the leaf and keeps the moisture level fairly constant. You could put a pencil in the pot and put a sandwich bag lossely over it (with the pencil holding the bag upright so the bag does not touch the leaf.) If the bag touches the leaf it might rot. Water the vermiculite once, and check if it is dry in 3 weeks--chances are that it will still be moist exspecially if you use the bag. The bag will show some condensation telling you there is water. Starting seeds or cuttings for most plants will benefit from a greenhouse effect. A north window for your leaf is ideal. An east window (morning sun) is ideal for adult AFs.
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I'm totally with you in this assessment, Jammer. AV's don't need any covering while rooting. They're easy to root in water, vermiculite, or potting soil. Covering with plastic only contributes to fungal disease.
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