Re: How to Root an African Violet Leaf? ...

On 22 Jul 2003 07:52:05 -0700, snipped-for-privacy@his.com (Linda W.) wrote:

It will take 3-4 weeks to start rooting. Personally, I'd take it out of the water and put it into moist vermiculite. The problem with water is when you remove the leaf and roots to pot it up, the roots will cling together in a clump. This won't happen using a rooting medium and you'll get a stronger, healthier African violet. Do not give any fertilizer for 6 months--the soil has enough nutrients. After a baby starts to grow, you can cut off the mother leaf and re-root the same leaf to make another plant!
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Stand it up in a pot with the stem down and leaf up. Lean the leaf against the side of the pot. Have the leaf edge just above the surface of the vermiculite, so it's just the stem or petiole in the vermiculite, about 1" of it. Water the vermiculite, then seal the whole thing in a ziplock bag. Put it in a dappled shade spot. Leave it alone. It can take from 3 wks to a year to propagate a leaf like this. As long as the "mother" leaf is standing firm, leave it alone, it's alive. The baby plants, 1 or more, will sprout up in front of the mother leaf above the soil line.
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