Friday, April 13, 2012

African Violet Makes a Baby

The other day I noticed my African Violet was listing to one side and I wondered what was going on. Looking under the leaves I noticed a baby violet was growing off the main trunk. I wasn't really sure what to do, so I "googled" it and found a site that had a solution for saving the baby.

At first I thought it was a little far fetched, but decided to try it any way. I unpotted the parent plant and shook off the dirt. Looking at the baby, it was apparent there were no roots growing off of it so it was indeed a "sucker". I gently removed the baby from the plant with a sharp knife and then according to the other website, placed it in a plastic bag and sealed it up. I actually forgot about it in my laundry room for the next couple of weeks, but when I happened upon it about three weeks later, I was shocked to see little roots growing off of it (as seen in above photo). I can't believe it worked!

So now my little guy is growing in a pot all on his own and about twice the size when I first removed him.

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