In June 2016 I thought it was about time I propagated some of my African Violets from leaf cuttings. I’ve done this on other occasions over the years with great success. But this time I wanted to propagate some of my Mini African Violets that I got from a Folia member a few years ago. Some of these plants are now showing their age & I’d like to keep them growing on for the future.
One of the easiest methods is to put them in a glass of water for a few weeks! (Shh! Don’t tell anyone but I’ve had a glass of cutting that rooted but were left for MONTHS before I got around to planting them up!) You just fill a plastic cup with water & then cover it with cling film or kitchen foil, make a few holes in it & push, carefully, the stems through it into the water. (As cling film won’t stick to plastic, put a rubber band around the cup to hold the film tight.) This does the double job of keeping the leaves in an upright position & keeping the base of the leaves from touching the water which could cause them to rot.
A few weeks later roots can be observed sprouting from the end of the stems. I suppose at this stage they could be potted up but I leave them a few weeks longer to let the plantlets begin to develop. I’ve even had plantlets develop their own roots in the water before potting up!
I planted my cutting up in small 2 & 1/2 inch square pots & I put them in the same window as the mother plants live in! Now I have a number of pots of mini AVs growing quite happily in the window.
I noticed just yesterday, 2nd February 2017, that one little pot of these Mini African Violets I’d take as leaf cutting in June last year, now has flower buds! I’m really pleased abut this as it’s a good thing to know they are now about to flower! I hope some of the other leaf cutting I took at the same time will also flower shortly.
Although a couple of the mini-African Violets have died I still have a number that are actively growing & flowering in the small window, over our kitchen sink. The one that seems to have done best is a trailing AV called ‘Blue Tailed Fly’. I still have the original plant that was sent to me some years ago & several cutting from it that are flowering in the kitchen window.
Here is a photo of a cutting from this Av as it looks now: