Mother Leaf and droopy violets

abigail1280(8)August 20, 2010

I went on vacation for 11 days and I thought my violets would be ok while I was gone. I have them all wick watered. I live on the east coast of NC and it's been 95F+ most days with right around 100% humidity. We left our AC on and came back to find our house at 95F inside. We hired a guy to come in yesterday to fix it all, and he's created more problems for us that what was originally wrong. It's become a nightmare, and though it's actually cooled off some outside and has rained a good deal, it's still anywhere between 85F and 95F in my house. My plants for the most part did ok. One of my peace lilies looked half dead, but after a good watering, it perked back up. My hoyas actually all look better now, lol. They grew quite a bit while I was gone. Most of my African Violets look ok, but some of them have become droopy. Is there anything I can do to help them perk back up? I'm hoping the ac will be fixed today. It's normally 74F in my house, so I have a feeling the heat change is what's affecting them.

Also, I have several leaves with "mouse ears" that all did fine while I was gone, except one. I was kind of concerned about it before I left, but the mother leaf has pretty much shriveled up. The babies still look very healthy. They're not quite the size of a dime. The leaf is Rob's Love Bite. Can I go ahead and remove the mother leaf?

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lilypad22(7)

I think you should always remove the mother leaf when it starts to go bad....you don't want rot to spread and take the babies with it.

I don't know if you put some droopy violets in some more humidity would help or not. If they got too hot, they may not recover...I think you will just have to wait it out and see. If the outer leaves remain droopy and it was my plant, I would remove the droopy leaves so the energy goes into the center leaves that might still be good.

tish

    Bookmark   August 21, 2010 at 2:03PM
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irina_co(z5 CO)

Hear, hear -

I would try to spray them a bit. If you overwater stressed plants - they can rot. But you can mist them as much as you want - and if the leaf is alive - it will absorb the water from surface. Exactly as Tish mentioned - if the mother leaf is dead and rotting - you need to remove it asap. Even if the plantlets are small, but the leaves are green - they will pull through. Just do not divide them yet.

Cheers

Irina

    Bookmark   August 23, 2010 at 7:38PM
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wakechick

I agree you should remove the mother leaf and be careful not to overwater!

    Bookmark   August 25, 2010 at 2:30PM
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abigail1280(8)

Thanks for all of your advice!

I've had a few more mother leaves start to go. Guess they really hated the humidity. But the baby plants all look great. I hardly ever water them. They always feel damp, so I leave them alone.

I do have one leaf that's plantlets are growing on the leaf. How in the world am I supposed to separate them when it comes time? Should I just completely bury the mother leaf with just the babies sticking up?

    Bookmark   August 26, 2010 at 8:03PM
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