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I agree, very nice plants! I didn't know the leaves would root in water. I have an african violet leaf stuck in moist soil, minus the stem (it broke off). It's been there for a couple of weeks, but it hasn't done anything and it's still green. Should I give up on it?
Hi Adina, very pretty flowers, I'd never heard of them before..what's their Romanian name?
I've had luck with a lot of plant rooting them in water but not so much with African violets...I just repotted some and took some leaves and stuck them in water. This was a couple of weeks ago and nothing's happened yet...in fact the end of the stems where the roots should sprout are getting brown...
I guess I'll wait longer...maybe some will take after all...
Monica, those which are getting brown are rotting, better throw them out! I had good results with transparent glasses where the leaves can root in water, but also with leaves stuck directly in soil. I've read recently about not using the leaves from the first row(older) for dividing, but those which are younger. I guess this is why I also had many leaves rotting before making roots. Our DG friend Jill wrote a few very informative articles about African violets. Here's one about propagation :
Thanks, Adina, I'll let you know if my leaf sprouts. About how long does it normally take--does it depend on temperature, light, etc.? It's under a flourescent light and the temperature in my apartment is a chilly 60-65 degrees.
Ky, it usually takes more than a few weeks, about a month and a half or even two, before the African violet leaf makes roots. Temperature in your apartment is good. I've never tried growing plants under flourescent light, but I've heard it's working great. So you have to be patient and wait. As long as the leaf is green, there is hope. You can also read Jill's article about African violet's propagation.