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The Easiest Way To Grow African Violets Inexpensively

Updated on March 23, 2011
African Violet Leaves Beginning To Sprout
African Violet Leaves Beginning To Sprout
African Violets In Full Bloom
African Violets In Full Bloom

If you have one African Violet and would like more of the same, or if a neighbor has a plant you admire, it is easy to start new plants from just a few leaves.

First cut off a few healthy leaves from the base of a plant. Using a very sharp knife, make a clean cut across the bottom of the stem and dip it in rooting powder. This is available at any garden supply shop. Choose one that contains a fungicide.

Fill a small pot with seed mix. Make a finger-sized hole in the mix, and push the stem in gently. The bottom of the leaf should be right at the surface of the seed mix. Space out several leaves.

Put a small stake beside each leaf. Water the soil, not the leaves.

Wrap a sheet of plastic wrap over the top of the stakes and around the pot. You can also use a plastic bag for this. Seal, and you have created a mini greenhouse.

Put your pot in in a warm place but not in sunlight. If your pot is well sealed, the soil should remain moist.

After a month or so, you will see tiny plants appear at the base of the leaves.

When the plants are about 2 - 3 inches high, separate them gently and plant them in individual pots.

African Violets like lots of light, but not direct sunlight. They also do not like water directly on their leaves. The best way to water an African Violet is to put its pot in a bowl of tepid water for a few moments. They like moist but not wet soil. African Violets enjoy a humid, consistent, environment.


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      billips 6 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks for you kind comments Samson - African Violets certainly are a popular house plant, and once you know how to treat them, they will give you a lovely display for many years - B.

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      Sam 6 years ago from Tennessee

      Very well written and accurate. An enjoyable read. I like the fact that you mentioned the leaves and their 'dislike' for water directly. My mom always had dozens of African Violets and my wife also. They both always stressed watering from the bottom was essential for healthy plants. Voted up and useful...

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      Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Thanks for sharing. I have quite a few African violets but I didn't know how to propagate them. I will have to try my hand at this too.

      kindest regards Zsuzsy