You might remember that I really love African Violets. A while back I had a blog reader send me a couple of leaves and I started them.
These pictures were taken in early December 2022. I planted the three leaves in the dirt to try to grow babies several months earlier. These pictures were taken just as the babies started to emerge.
I’m always so happy when this happens. It’s almost as fun as baby chicks hatching.
The new babies are hidden in front of and behind the leaves.
As I said, those pictures were taken back in DECEMBER. This picture was taken a week or so ago. Those baby plants grew and grew, the leaves are now gone. NOW is the time to transplant the babies.
I have given leaves to my son and given leaves to my sister. Neither one has been able to start plants. The reason I think is because they try to transfer the plants too quickly.
In general, I think you need to plant the leaf and water it regularly but don’t worry about transplanting or splitting the babies until 9 months after you plant the leaf. If really takes that long!
I originally planted three leaves…I believe there were two different varieties. Now is the time to take it all apart and see how many babies grew.
I ended up with six plants. Two were pretty big, three medium, and one small.
I ended up gifting one to Kayla and one to Karl. I am hoping that I was able to keep some that represented both varieties. They went to family and hopefully, they will keep them alive so we can compare bloom color. Worst case scenario, they both got the “other” variety and I have to get a leaf from them and start over. HA!!
I HIGHLY recommend these little pots for starting new plants. They are self-watering pots. African Violets love them. You can find them HERE.
African Violets prefer specific potting soil. I use THIS. I use THIS fertilizer.
I’m super excited to see what color these babies all end up being. If anyone wants to exchange African Violet leaves, I’d love to trade. Send me an email… firstname.lastname@example.org. I can’t trade with everyone but I’d love to trade with a couple of fellow African Violet lovers.