New plants from leaf cuttings

Propagate plants quickly by cutting plant leaves

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  • New plants from leaf cuttings

    Fill pots with propagating mix.

  • New plants from leaf cuttings

    Create a mini-greenhouse by inverting a plastic cup over the leaf.

DIRECTIONS

1. Fill pots with propagating mix; firm the soil. Water well.

2. Using shears, cut leaves with stems from the mother plant (remove no more than about 10 percent of the foliage), snipping as close to the bases of the leaf stalks as possible. Select only healthy, fully grown leaves. Trim the stems to 1 to 1 ½ inches long.

3. With the pencil, poke 1½-inch holes in the soil just off-center.

4. Dip the stems in rooting hormone --knock off excess if it's the powdered kind.

5. Insert one-half to two-thirds of the stems into the soil, with the leaf tips pointing away from the pots' center. Gently firm the mix around the stems.

6. To speed up rooting and new growth, set the pots on a heating mat in bright, indirect light. Create a mini-greenhouse by inverting a plastic cup over the leaf as pictured. Be sure to keep the soil moist.

7. When new leaves form, fertilize with a dilute solution of fertilizer.

8. When leaves cover most of the soil surface, move young plants into larger pots. African violets usually produce a cluster of new plantlets; gently tease them apart and repot into separate containers.

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