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Dividing trouble!

Posted by jadegreen 4A (My Page) on
Wed, Jul 4, 07 at 0:49

Someone gave me an African Violet, and it was a nice fuzzy little green guy, but it had two crowns of equal size. I figured it would never bloom like this, so I took it out, removed the excess soil around the roots, divided crown left and crown right from each other, and potted each in some organic AV mix. Two weeks later, they are alive, but they look a little sad, and a couple of the lower leaves of each one have died. They look kind of wilty, even though they have adequate water. Are they just in shock? If I have given them a death sentence, I would like to know and do something about it before it is too late.

Should I fertilize? Give them more light? Or less light? I'm pretty sure I didn't overwater, as the soil is perfectly damp, but maybe they need a bit extra or some such.

- Jade

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RE: Dividing trouble!

HI Jade,
It's kind of hard to diagnose the problem without seeing the plants but as a guess I would say that you should remove any dead leaves from the bottom of the plant. It will hopefully relieve some of the stress. When I divide plants (some without roots) I put the plant and the pot into a clear plastic bag and seal it. It will keep the plant in a humid atmosphere much like a greenhouse. IF you do this just be aware of the fact that it should not be put into direct sunlight simply because the plant will cook. Indirect light is always the best for AV's.
Fred in NJ

RE: Dividing trouble!

I expect they will be fine. You just performed surgery on them. Give them a little time to bounce back.

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