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African Violets and Gesneriads: Blue Moon Chirita

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Arenzville, IL
(Zone 6a)

June 18, 2005
7:34 PM

Post #1557425

What am I doing wrong. I bought a leaf and clipped stem put it i violet potting soil lke I do my other violet leaves, but this leaf seems to be withering What am I doing wrong?
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6b)

June 18, 2005
9:52 PM

Post #1557703

Are you doing something to keep a little humidity around the cutting? I put my AV leaves in a terrarium type enclosure, or inside a plastic bag with a stick or something to keep the plastic from touching the actual leaf, so maybe the chirita would benefit from same?
DC metro, VA
(Zone 7b)

June 19, 2005
11:39 PM

Post #1560593

I have the worst time with Chirita leaves. The only way I have successfully rooted them is either in 100% perlite or equal parts of perlite and vermiculite.
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6b)

June 20, 2005
1:30 AM

Post #1560837

Ah! I'll have to keep that in mind. I do cut my potting soil about 50/50 with perlite when I root AV leaves, also when I'm using a self watering pot.
DC metro, VA
(Zone 7b)

June 20, 2005
1:42 AM

Post #1560855

my regular rooting mix is equal parts perlite, peat and vermiculite. Apparently this is not light enough...

On the other hand, most people report good results with out-of-the-bag AV soil. go figure.

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