I am excited to bring you this lovely flowering propagated African Violet. Yes, this is from someone who couldn't even keep any alive past two weeks at one point. I believe back then I lacked patience, but since I graduated from my training for Mastering the Mind with "Time and Patience" I've conquered the impatient side of me.
Just teasing, it’s more like growing older and patience just came along with the territory. The African Violet pictured below started from a leaf. Do you recall my Sticky Rice and African Violet post? I showed you how the babies were forming from the mother leaf. The pot below is from one of those split babies.
Oh, and don't let anyone tell you it takes two weeks to see new growth, or something ridiculous like that. It took this one four months before I even saw any additional life. So if you're not patient, or just can't stand looking at them half a leaf and green all the time, it will be difficult for you.
Brief instructions on how Self Sagacity did it:
a. Use an African Violet Mix. It always worked for me, while other soil didn't yield as much success.
b. Choose a healthy leaf, with some "beef", nice green color and a sturdy stem.
c. Use a clean, sharp knife and cut on a half inch diagonal. Make sure you leave about an inch from the base of the leave. I find the shorter the stem the faster I kill them, due to not being able to avoid wetting the leaf.
d. Make certain you punch through the soil to make room for the stem so that you're not pressing the stem down and damaging it. It's better to have a hole ready than to try and force down the stem.
e. Pack the soil around the African Violet leaf firmly and water.
f. African Violets do not like a lot of water. Mine do very well water slightly once a week, by the window. Never soaked with water, they like to be moist, but not wet.
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