Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Propagating African Violets

These are my African Violets, which sit on this plant stand in front of a door in the kitchen. There are so many trees in the yard that I don't have as much sun coming in the windows as I would like, but they do well here.

This is how I root them for new plants.

The easy way:

Just break off a leaf and stick into some dirt in a pot. Use a pen or pencil to make the hole. Just keep it moist and place it where it gets some indirect sun. I've done this many times over the years with good results. Little baby plants will come up in the pot.

The more detailed way:

Dip the stem of the leaf in rooting hormone, place it the hole in the dirt in the pot and put a plastic bag over it. I've never gone to this much trouble, but would probably give you faster results.

Have a great day!


Fruit of her hands said...

Debbie~ Oh I just love African violets. We don't have any place that gets the right kind of sun for them here. My Mom has lots of them so I just get my fill of looking at them when I am at her house!!

Pen Pen said...

So very pretty! You must have a GREEN thumb to be able to root them so easily. I cannot even keep them alive. :o)

Susan said...

Thanks, Debbie! My grandma used to grow beautiful African violets, but she always stuck the leaf stem in a little baby food jar of water and cover the opening with a piece of aluminum foil. I've tried it and it never worked. I'm going to give your way a try!

A Wonderful Life! said...

I always find it really hard to keep them alive. I love house plants but either they are to wet or look to dry and then they wilt?

Heather said...

very nice!

A Servant of the King said...

I have two African violets but didn't know I could grow more this way! I will be trying it. Thanks for sharing!!

Alexandra said...

I love African violets! I love your arrangement. Just as soon as the little one gets older, I plan to have more plants. She likes to pick flowers for mommy. ;)

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