Propagation from leaf cuttings

winterflowerFebruary 1, 2007

Hi everybody! I am brand new to this site, so this is my very first question. Yesterday I took leaf cuttings from my aluminum plant and African violet. The book "Houseplants for Dummies" said to plant the leaves in moist potting mix, which I did. What I want to know is: if the mix dries out before anything starts growing should I mist or water it? Or should I just let it be? And does anyone know how long it takes before the cuttings will start to germinate? Thanks!

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little_dani(9, S. Tex Coast)

This is the easiest way to root violets that I know. I have rooted hundreds of violets using this method.

Violets like to be watered from the bottom, as a rule. They don't like water on their leaves.

Aluminum plant, I am not familiar with. I will have to look that one up.

Good Luck!

Janie

Here is a link that might be useful: Propagating Violets

    Bookmark   February 2, 2007 at 8:46AM
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georgez5il(z5 IL)

The soil needs to be damp at all times.. watering from above or below just keep off leaf. the leaf does not "germinate" but forms roots then a plantlet will form. There are many variables did youse rooting hormone. temp light fertilization after roots form etc..... expect 3-9 months to have sizeable plant.

    Bookmark   February 2, 2007 at 9:44AM
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