To play the african violet there are several ways but let’s focus on the reproduction by cutting of its leaves. It is simple and very effective and as we will see there are several techniques to do so. We can use the leaves more tender newly brotadas up leaves veteran and well established. At the same time see how we can use two supports different, substrate current, and Sphagnum moss.
To reproduce the smaller leaves, use containers with a size to match. Any small glass or bowl of recycled plastic serve us. Cut off the petiole of the leaves to 1 cm more or less and place it in the container with substrate plunging him down as 1/2 cm on the same. All of this with great care not to damage it. The cutting will be done with a blade that is sharp. Regaremos slightly with water or with water with a little bit of liquid fertilizer diluted in the same. The dilution should be very light as
Label them with the variety and date of cultivation and put the container inside another larger and transparent. Cover with plastic wrap and place it in a bright place. Check from time to time the humidity of the substrate.
At the end of two months the leaves will look like in the image above. A good number of new leaves will have sprouted from the stalk. We will continue to monitor the degree of humidity of the substrate and that they continue to receive enough light.
At three months our cultivation of african violets will look like this. The new leaves we will cover almost all of the free space of the container.
It will be time to change the pot and separate the different seedlings. Each leaf is planted, we will have obtained a group of seedlings of violets.
With a sharp pencil or tweezers, and very carefully go by separating the roots to get all the seedlings.
We planted each of the seedlings in a container commensurate with its size. Humedecemos the substrate with a little water enhanced with liquid fertilizer as we did anterormente and place the cups inside of a container with a transparent lid. We installed this small greenhouse in a well-light, a window sill for example. And continue checking regularly the humidity of the substrate.
A variant of this technique is the cutting of sheets can be done also with larger leaves. There is that cut off the upper end as seen in the image with a fine blade sharp. The goal is to avoid the growth of the sheet while running the buds on the petiole.
Insert the petiole of our fact sheet on a glass substrate and watered with the water with fertilizer diluted. We label and put the date of the operation.
Get also the glass with the blade in a container of transparent plastic and place it in a bright place. Once in a while we will go by controlling the humidity of the substrate.
At 7 weeks we’ll see that appear the new shoots at the base of the leaf.
At 11 weeks you will see such as well as well developed. It is time to separate the tillers and to proceed to transplant.
On the back of a napkin or kitchen towel place the root ball and proceed to separate with great care the seedlings.
We planted each little plant in a cup, and put the name of the variety and date of transplanting. The glass we made some drainage holes in the base to release the excess water.
We put the cups with the seedlings in a plastic container as in the previous time and proceed the same way.
A small variant applicable to both techniques, tender shoots and leaves that have settled, is to replace the universal substratum by Sphagnum moss. The procedure is exactly the same.
Cover the container and place it in a site light. From time to time we shall see that the moss maintains a good degree of moisture.
In 2 months or 2 and a half months we will have ready the seedlings to proceed to transplantation as we did in the techniques described above.