Basic question about suckers vs. leaf propagation

fortyseven_gwMarch 20, 2014

Hi Linda WL,
Excuse the "dumb question" ... when mouse ears first develop on leaves, they are supposed to come in three's, correct? What about suckers? Also, do suckers produce the immature leaves that never grow large and will need to be removed?
I am in the process of going through my plants to remove suckers. Although they come off intact pretty easily, sometimes I don't know what I am looking at and how many leaves I am removing.

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I'm not sure what you mean. Do you mean immature leaves while the suckers are still on the mother plant or after they have been removed and potted up on their own?

And are you trying to determine if you have gotten all of the sucker off of the mother plant?


    Bookmark   March 20, 2014 at 2:06AM
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After they have been removed, potted, and growing. Yes to second question. Thanks, j

    Bookmark   March 20, 2014 at 2:29PM
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Hmm, my suckers usually only have two leaves (plus a hint of new ones to come) when I remove them. They are tiny at that stage, most root ok though (optimaras duh). I think the smallest one I planted was 5mm across both leaves, and it has doubled so far :-)
I haven't paid much attention as to what happens to which leaves, i think usually the two first ones grow for a while, but go yellow once the plant develops a few new leaves.


    Bookmark   March 20, 2014 at 10:23PM
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Suckers will grow just as the mother plant. I have some that have developed leaves that were not true and were removed and some have not.

If you have not gotten the entire sucker from the plant, you should be able to see the bits that are left. You can rub them out with a pencil point. If there is some of the sucker left, the sucker will sometimes sucker.

If you want the sucker for another plant, let it get a bit bigger so it is easier to see when you remove it.

If you are not sure if you have a bloom or a sucker, again wait for a few days and it will become obvious.

I hope this helps!


    Bookmark   March 21, 2014 at 12:57AM
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How do you remove the suckers? With a pencil, forcep etc., l would recommend using the " sucker plucker" tool, it has worked really well for me and makes grooming plants easier and faster.

When I have suckers, they start off with just two leaves and then grow larger in size over time.


    Bookmark   March 21, 2014 at 1:20PM
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Violets grow in a three leaf pattern but this is in a whorl. They don't all emerge at the same time. Each circle on your violet will usually contain three leaves but they will be slightly different in size as they grow out one after another. When three leaves have grown out, another row will start.

I also use the sucker plucker. It's a great tool.


    Bookmark   March 21, 2014 at 1:25PM
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Thanks, Linda, and Cooks,
That helps to clear things up. I guess the first mouse ears must be those immature leaves that will eventually be removed and appear as a pair.
Perhaps after that, the three pattern starts.


This post was edited by fortyseven on Sun, May 4, 14 at 22:59

    Bookmark   March 22, 2014 at 6:41PM
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