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clarification for trimming leaves

Posted by bspofford Maine (My Page) on
Sat, Nov 24, 07 at 10:08

An informal discussion was held at the first club meeting. One of the things discussed was trimming large leaves when propagating. There seemed to be two concepts; one was to trim off the tip end of the leaf by about a 1/3 at the time of potting, to keep the leaf from continuing to grow. Another said the tip was trimmed AFTER babies sprouted to keep additional babies from sprouting. Any clarification on this?

Also, thrips was pronounced two different ways, one to rhyme with 'chips' and one to rhyme with 'pipes'. Which is correct?



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RE: clarification for trimming leaves

"African Violets Gifts form Nature" book says "To rechannel as much energy as possible to the newly-formed plantlets take a pair of scissors and snip off one-half of the mother leaf. Do not do this until you see the first signs of a plantlet forming."
I myself used to cut the tips off before planting, but now I'm thinking that it might be too much stress for the leaf, so now I cut the tips off when I think the plantlets are growing too slowly. But most of the time the leaf will root and produce plantlets either way, and I didn't do any experiments to compare which way is faster, probably someone here did, maybe they'll reply.

RE: clarification for trimming leaves

Thrips is singular or plural and rhymes with chips.

I saw a thrips.

Many thrips may carry seriously deadly virus germs.

I usually cut off the tips or the sides of a very large leaf before planting. This is only for convenience because I would likely miss it if I waited until babies started arriving.


RE: clarification for trimming leaves

I think it is the only way to handle LARGE leaves - we want to have babies sooner - so we limit the size of the pot to a solo cup - and if the leaf is a size of the palm - it will make the cup unstable - so if we chop the tip and the sides if necessary as Nancy does - the pot is more stable and the babies are coming sooner. I do not cut mini leaves or small standards - just to preserve all the nutrients available.


It was too much food...

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