received a beautiful African violet as a gift this spring. It has
been in bloom constantly! I would like to start another plant to
give to my sister. Can you tell me how to go about it?
African violets (Saintpaulia spp.) are easy to propagate by
leaf cuttings. Remove a healthy, firm leaf from the middle of the
plant by reaching in and snapping or cutting it at its point of
origin on the main stem. Trim the leaf stalk (petiole) back to 1-1/2
inches or so, making the cut at a 45-degree angle (It exposes more
surface area where roots will form).
You can make a
rooting medium using one part sand to one part vermiculite, or you
can use a soil-less seed starting mix. Fill a small container with
the mix, and moisten it so that it feels like a wrung-out sponge --
moist but not sopping wet. Make a hole in the center with a pencil.