African Violets

For African Violet Lovers-To identify, ask questions, care of, share/swap cuttings and more! If you post photos please ID the variety if you know it!

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Starting "Baby Violets" from leaf cuttings 13 Replies

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Holes in the leaves

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Help Diagnose Possible Disease Please (Picture) 7 Replies

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How did you get started with African Violets? 11 Replies

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Help 5 Replies

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Comment by Maryann Jordan on March 16, 2014 at 9:11am

Thank you for all of the help :)

Comment by Lyn - Sydney on March 15, 2014 at 2:01pm
Marysnn, I have used AV potting mix, but if I run out. Seed raising mix with perlite is good. Yes you can use hormone rooting powder or honey on stem. Regarding how long they take to root and start producing pups, yes it can be quite a while. Just when you think it hasn't been successful, one day you notice the tiny green leaves, but I have known them to take say 3 to 4 months, but once they produce pups, it's surprising how quickly they grow from there.
I don't cut my leaves, but I have seen this method done on gardening shows. I always tend to opt for the easiest, quickest method of doing everything in my life! I was born impatient according to my Mum!
Good luck with your cuttings.
Comment by Maryann Jordan on March 15, 2014 at 12:02pm

Lyn I do have one or two more questions do you bother with rooting hormone or special AV soil to start the leaves? I just used seeding mix with extra perlite do you think that I should amend it with anything? How long does this sort of thing take incidentally I have heard everything from 3 weeks to six months to see something from a leaf, it is easier to be patient if you know approximately how long something will take. Thanks again!

Comment by Maryann Jordan on March 15, 2014 at 11:37am

Hey ladies do you cut the leaf when you start them? and do you cover them? oh and do you pin them down with a hairpin or a piece of wire or do you pin through them? Are there any varieties that you would suggest for easy propagation or is it all about the same? Has anybody tried trailing kind in hanging baskets, if so does it work out? those are my biggest questions so far. I really appreciate the info and advice thanks

Comment by Maryann Jordan on March 15, 2014 at 11:30am

I just stared some in a clear tupperware with a wick, it will be an experiment, I am really curious to try to pollinate and get some seeds from one, I don't think that I have ever seen their seeds, when I lived in southern california I had one that I never groomed or really worried about, that got so big it lived in a salad bowl, now I have 3 standards that I rescued from the grocers clearance stand, and 11 miniature/ semiminiature. I don't have much room for houseplants or miniature gardens anymore and it feels like my toddlers instantly mess up anything I do put together, to their credit the things they do often have more charm anyhow. but I am really excited to have a little something indoors to mess around with when it is too early or late to be out in the garden.

Comment by mo puff on March 15, 2014 at 10:35am

Thank you for your response Lyn. I will try this leaf laying method.

Comment by Lyn - Sydney on March 15, 2014 at 9:05am
Mo, you can pin the stem down, but I don't as a rule. I pick the largest, healthiest AV leaves I can, as there's a far better chance of them putting out roots. I water with a miniature jug, probably no bigger than a tiny eggcup, as I find it stops me overwatering. As it has a spout on it, I can aim water at the soil and not on the leaf.
The other method I use is to run a piece of string up through the drainage hole in the base half way up the inside of the pot, leave string trailing outside the drainage hole. You can then water from the base by putting pot into saucer and string acts as wick to suck up water as it needs it.
I do have some leaves that rot, or simply never root, but I try to always do more than one leaf when I am propagating, so there's a higher chance of success.

Due to our mild climate I can also keep my AV's outside under my rear pergola.

I am wondering how Glenda's cutting that she showed us below last June fared?
Comment by mo puff on March 15, 2014 at 8:26am

great info Lyn! When you lay a leaf on top of potting mix and partially cover the stem... how do you water? Do you "pin" the stem down? What keeps the leaf from just rotting away? Do tell more, please.

Comment by Lyn - Sydney on March 13, 2014 at 1:27pm
Maryann, I have done AV cuttings over the years. I use 2 different methods. I either do the water method, where I fill a small container (eggcup) with water, put foil over the top, punch a hole and hang stem of AV leaf down into water. The foil stops the leaf completely submerging. Once it has taken root, I then put it into AV potting mix.
The other method is to just lay a leaf on top of potting mix, slightly cover the stem and leave it to take root. I have a new one done by that method just sprouting a baby plant. I did reduce my AV's down to just one, but when daughter in law moved she handed me her AV's as she couldn't take them with her. I keep my AV's on a stand in my ensuite as they get the morning sun and lots of all day light. I water them sparingly as overwatering is a major cause of them rotting.
Good luck with your cuttings. I started keeping AV's over 30 yrs ago and have loved propagating new ones, as handy to give as gifts.
Comment by Maryann Jordan on March 13, 2014 at 10:05am

well on the upside it is fun shopping for replacements, I tried rooting leaf cuttings it has been a month ..... nothing, I am a reasonably patient person but if I don't see signs of life by the end of july I am going to start over, I mostly have mini's as I have very little indoor space, there is no AVSA in Utah, where I live so any tips would be appreciated.

Has anybody bred there own, I am very interested to try this?


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