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DIY Friday – How to Propagate African Violets

April 6, 2012 by Jocelyn

Propagating African Violets is easier than I initially thought.  As you may have seen, I’ve killed many of these pretty houseplants.  It wasn’t until recently that I seem to have gotten the hang of keeping them alive!

Now that I seem to be able to keep the alive, the obvious next step is making as many of them as I possibly can, right? Here’s how to do it:

Supplies:

    Scissors and/or a sharp knife
    A Small container (I use yogurt containers)
    Good seedling or seed starting mix (it should be very light, not dense)
    Plastic bag or clear container

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First thing you want to do is prep everything. Your planting container should be cleaned, then cut a small hole in the bottom of it. Be careful while doing this, of course!

Cut a drainage hole in the bottom of your container

Now, find a healthy looking leaf from an adult African Violet plant. Use a sharp knife to cut the stem of the leaf at a 45 degree angle. Make sure the cut is clean.

Cut a healthy leaf at a 45 degree angle with a sharp knife

Now stick it in your container with some good seedling mix, and give it a good drink of water.

Stick it in some dirt and water

African violets like to be in an environment where the air is holding a lot of humidity, and that’s where your plastic bag comes in. If need be, use scissors to cut it to fit the plant. I happened to luck out, and my bag fit pretty well without needing any cutting.

Cover with a plastic bag or clear container to keep moisture in.

Now the easy part is done; caring for the small plant as it grows is the difficult part. I’ve found that they do best if kept in a humid environment. Keep in mind, that they do not like to be sitting in water, so it’s better to allow the container to wick in moisture as needed. Once a smaller plant starts to grow, I usually move them into a larger terrarium type container. I put small rocks in the bottom of it and pour in some water; the container then goes on top, and a lid goes over the whole thing. Having a few holes for air circulation is also a good idea. Keep the small plants in an area with bright indirect light, and they should thrive.

Baby plant!
Soon you’ll have little African Violets like these!


2 Comments »

  1. Tricia says:

    I have some African violets and I’m thinking that I may need to try this :)

  2. Ada says:

    Thanks so much for the tutorial. I had a coworker (who actually gave me my African violet) who said you could propagate them by sticking the cut leaf in a glass of water, but I’ve never had good luck with that. I’ll have to try your method soon as my current African violet is get unmanageably large!

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