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African Violets and Gesneriads: AV Propagation Question

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chiquib313
Homestead, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 20, 2012
11:27 AM

Post #9310618

Have a question on watering AV leaves for propagation. Should AV leaves that have just been put down be watered with just regular water, fertilized water or a weaker solution of fertilized water? Would like any comments or suggestions on this.
Chiqui
aspenjocop
Northeast, MO
(Zone 5b)

October 20, 2012
11:40 AM

Post #9310630

Just start out with regular water. Keep moist but not wet. You can add very weak fertilized water after they root and start showing babies. You want it weak so it won't burn the tender roots.

Hope this helps :)

Connie

Edited because I can't spell today. Probably can't tomorrow either LOL!!

This message was edited Oct 20, 2012 1:45 PM
aspenjocop
Northeast, MO
(Zone 5b)

October 20, 2012
11:49 AM

Post #9310638

Chiqui, what are you putting them down in?? Does the potting medium have any fertilizer already mixed in??

Connie
chiquib313
Homestead, FL
(Zone 10a)

November 30, 2012
9:14 AM

Post #9346209

Connie, I use a very light mix with lots of perlite and vermiculite and no fertilizer in the mix. Sorry I didn't answer sooner, I had not seen your post.
Hope everything is growing well for you.
Chiqui
Sallysblooms
South, TX

December 5, 2012
8:29 PM

Post #9350991

I use moist mix and the leaves have lids so they do not dry out. They very rarely need water.

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chiquib313
Homestead, FL
(Zone 10a)

December 8, 2012
3:42 PM

Post #9353216

Your leaves look great. I have some that are not covered and require watering sometimes. Need to get some more covered containers for the leaves that I have put down. What kind of containers are you using?
tommyr2006
Poughkeepsie, NY

December 9, 2012
5:50 AM

Post #9353500

Nice set up Sally!
kathy_ann
Judsonia, AR
(Zone 7b)

January 12, 2013
1:45 PM

Post #9382938

Well isn't that neat!! Love the way you are rooting them, and it's not expensive either!! that's a double plus. I have to water mine all the time, I love this idea!!
kathy_ann
Judsonia, AR
(Zone 7b)

January 12, 2013
1:45 PM

Post #9382941

How long Sally, before You usually have babies popping up?
bigoldbuck701
Williston, ND

January 14, 2013
4:24 AM

Post #9384248

spagnum long fibered works great too
Sallysblooms
South, TX

January 30, 2013
1:46 PM

Post #9402812

Took a couple of months and I had plants and they are BIG now. I am happy to have lots of Silk Orchids, Mindi Rose and Sunlit Sugar Plums. Hard to find all of them. Impossible to find Sunlit Sugar Plum. These pictures are not my babies, they are older ones.

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lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

January 30, 2013
2:01 PM

Post #9402838

Very pretty Sally!
kathy_ann
Judsonia, AR
(Zone 7b)

January 30, 2013
6:26 PM

Post #9403224

Very beautiful!! where do you get the round thing that the leaves are sitting on, that makes them spread out like that. I've seen that under alot of plants, that's neat!!
Sallysblooms
South, TX

January 30, 2013
8:11 PM

Post #9403330

I think I got them at a nursery in Boerne, TX that sells violets. Not sure. Maybe I ordered them. Sorry, I forgot.
chiquib313
Homestead, FL
(Zone 10a)

January 31, 2013
5:12 AM

Post #9403488

Sally, that Sunlit Sugar Plum sure is a beauty. I have Mindi Rose but still waiting for its first bloom. I actually started using your system of potting leaves in the covered plastic boxes and they are doing really well. It sure cuts down on watering time. I put leaves down about a month ago so no babies yet but all the leaves are looking good. Thanks for sharing your idea and your photos.
Chiqui
kathy_ann
Judsonia, AR
(Zone 7b)

January 31, 2013
6:36 AM

Post #9403569

Sally. Do u know what they call those trays that hold up the leaves? I'd like to try to find a couple of them.
kathy_ann
Judsonia, AR
(Zone 7b)

January 31, 2013
7:08 AM

Post #9403597

I found them. Their cslled leaf rings.
Sallysblooms
South, TX

January 31, 2013
6:18 PM

Post #9404262

Chiqui, glad you are enjoying the covered leaves. I have those boxes and now bigger, tall one for the pots of the "babies." They are BIG babies now, ha. Need to get some pics of my big ones. I need to find the site to show also. You can dial the amount of air you want in the box. Neat.
Sallysblooms
South, TX

January 31, 2013
6:25 PM

Post #9404268


Here is the top. I have taller ones also. And the trays. LOVE them.
http://www.hydroponics.net/i/136636
chiquib313
Homestead, FL
(Zone 10a)

February 2, 2013
2:35 PM

Post #9406251

Thanks for the link. They seem to have pretty good pricing and have several size domes that are reallly nice. What kind of trays are you using with the domes?
lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

February 2, 2013
4:10 PM

Post #9406313

I know John at Cape Cod violetry sells similar ones also.
Sallysblooms
South, TX

February 2, 2013
7:55 PM

Post #9406495

I think I use these trays with the Mondi tops. If you decide to get those, just check the sizes.

http://www.hydroponics.net/i/241180

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