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African Violets and Gesneriads: Did I kill it?

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Tucson, AZ
(Zone 9a)

May 30, 2011
8:26 PM

Post #8598346

Today I was re potting my very first AV(a NOID) and I snapped it right off the root ball! Can I pot the crown? I put the root with about 1/2 inch stalk back into it's pot.I'm going to try growing it from a few leaves but I figured I'd done enough harm for one day.Any hope for me?
Poughkeepsie, NY
(Zone 6a)

May 31, 2011
3:24 AM

Post #8598568

It may come back. I might have dusted the base of that stem with some rooting hormone but you may be o.k. Give it some time and do start some of those leaves just in case!
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

May 31, 2011
7:11 AM

Post #8598884

The smartes thing to do is to remove all but a few of the leaves, pot the crown and dome it. Put it away from the sun in a bright spot. They usually root within a few weeks and then resume growth. The stump in the pot might take a few weeks longer than the crown but will usually send up one or more crowns which can (and shoul) be removed once big enough and potted seperately. From all the leaves that you removed initially, pick the healthiest ones that are not too old and cut the leaf stalk (petiole) to about an inch length on a 45 degree angle and pot up. Cover. Put in a bright spot away from the sun and wait.

Don't worry. You can do this today. Not a problem. There are no roots yet on the crown that you can disturb. Removing all but a few leaves prevents dehydration of the rest of the crown. You will actually do your plant a favor :)

Hope that helped!


P.S.: There are some cool, instructional videos on that matter on YouTube

Check this one out:

Tucson, AZ
(Zone 9a)

June 2, 2011
8:11 PM

Post #8605292

Thanks for the "How To" tips.The You Tube video's were a great help;I'm much more of a visual learner.I was able to save 4 leaves,the root ball + stem, and the crown. The plant originally came as a sucker from my sister's plant so if I fail all is not lost.
Thanks again.

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