African Violets.

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African Violets.

Postby abwal » Mon Sep 28, 2009 12:46 pm

African violets strike readily from leaves. I have found yogurt containers excellent for propagating them. I use the 900g container as it can comfortably handle 9 leaves.

Holes are drilled ( or cut) in the lid. I use a 7.5mm bit as this will accommodate most leaf stems. A larger hole is cut at one end to allow water to be added as needed without the need to remove the lid. The container is filled with water and the leaf stems pushed through the holes into the water. The lid will support the leaf and prevent it coming in contact with the water.

When sufficient root growth has taken place, the leaves can be potted in African Violet mix. ( Check root growth by gently lifting one leaf from the container. If sufficient growth has not occurred, the leaf can be returned to the container.)

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Re: African Violets.

Postby Stormgirl » Mon Sep 28, 2009 1:51 pm

Can you pull the leaf out without damaging the roots? Or do you just destroy the whole plastic lid around the leaves/?
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Re: African Violets.

Postby guzzigirl » Mon Sep 28, 2009 2:13 pm

that's a clever way to do it (Y)
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Re: African Violets.

Postby abwal » Mon Sep 28, 2009 5:35 pm

Stormgirl, as the leaf is withdrawn, the water causes the fine roots to stick together. They will be well clear of the edges of the hole. There is no need to cut the lid apart. Should you still be concerned, increasing the diameter of the holes can be done, but if you go too far the leaves will not remain upright. This could cause the leaf stems to lie almost horizontally above the water surface.
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Re: African Violets.

Postby Sam » Mon Sep 28, 2009 6:09 pm

Having seen Abwal's results with his african violets, I would believe everything he says.

Planning on showing my mother this page next time I see her.
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cinnamon make it Greek, soya sauce makes it Chinese, Garlic
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Re: African Violets.

Postby abby » Mon Sep 28, 2009 8:40 pm

Great concept for mass propagation of African Violets
Thanks abwal :)
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