The Q&A Archives: Rooting African Violets from Leaves

Question: I have tried every way to root African violets from the leaves and cannot get them to root in any type of medium or amount of light. What am I doing wrong? Cheryl Scott Dacula, GA

Answer: Use a leaf with about 3 inches of its stem; stick the stem into the soil about an inch. Water it, then allow the soil to dry only somewhat before watering again. Keep under artificial light about 12-16 hours a day. After about a month, you should see plantlets emerge from the base of the stem. Allow the new plantlet leaves to get about inch across before separating from the base of the stem. Make sure each plantlet has roots. Pot up, then grow on under lights.

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