How to Propagate African Violets

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Propagation of African Violets is a slow process, but it will produce more plants that you can use as gifts or to beautify your surroundings. Here's how it's done.

Things You'll Need

  • Rooting powder
  • Select a large, healthy leaf from the plant you want to propagate and remove it.

  • Cut the stalk of the leaf down to approximately 1 1/2 inches long.

  • Dip the leaf stalk into a cup of water and then into rooting hormone powder. The powder will probably clump. Tap the stalk lightly so that a only a thin coating of powder remains.

  • Moisten a small pot of potting mix and insert the leaf into the pot about 3/4 of an inch deep. Insert the entire pot into a plastic bag and keep the leaf in bright but filtered light. Artificial light also works well for African Violet propagation.

  • Water the pot 7 to 10 days later, and from then on water just before the potting mix completely dries out.

  • Begin uncovering the plants when plantlets appear around the leaf. Uncover the plants gradually until they are completely out of the bag. Plantlets will begin appearing in approximately four weeks.

  • Pull new plants away from the leaf when they are approximately 2-inches tall and move them into separate pots. Leaves will produce up to four plantlets. The African Violet propagation process will take about two months.

Tips & Warnings

  • Propagate a dying plant by selecting the healthiest remaining leaf to ensure you have a copy of your plant.
  • Trade African Violet propagations with your friends to give you more of leaf structures and bloom colors.
  • Beware of copyright laws covering some African Violets. If an African Violet is copyright protected, there will be a warning label on the plant saying propagation is prohibited.

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