Renewing a Favorite African Violet: Tried & True Method

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Renewing a Favorite African Violet

By 4susiesjoy
January 15, 2014

If you have a favorite African Violet and it has grown too large, looks scruffy, or has a turkey neck (it has lost its lower leaves and the stem looks long and lanky), but you hate to throw it away because it has sentimental value, or because it's a favorite, you can renew it. Without the lengthy process of starting a new plant from leaves, you can have a rejuvenated blooming plant.

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Name: Jean
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qwilter
Jan 15, 2014 4:23 PM CST
This is how my Mom always cared for her AV & the method I've used with great success for many, many years.
I use the same method to start a new plant from a leaf.
Have had many AV "specialists" tell me this is not the proper way, but it sure works.
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Name: Susie
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4susiesjoy
Jan 15, 2014 5:00 PM CST
I don't remember where I learned about doing it this way but I've been doing it as long as I can remember. I do leaves like this too, but it takes so much longer to get a blooming plant from the leaves and with the leaves I end up with way to many babies that I can't stand to kill and don't have room for. Whistling Hilarious!

tantefrancine
Jan 18, 2014 8:12 AM CST
Thank you--and I hope it will work with my orchid plant that was waterlogged--just did it on Wednesday before I read this article just now (Saturday). I did not put a bag though. Will do it on Tuesday when I go back to work (plant is in my office in DC)--
Name: Susie
Leonard, Minnesota (Zone 3b)
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4susiesjoy
Jan 18, 2014 8:29 AM CST
Good luck! Probably would be a good idea to mist it before you put the bag on, keeping the foliage humid is really important.
Name: Renée
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KyWoods
Jan 18, 2014 10:00 AM CST
I had one with a "turkey neck" and I was so afraid I was going to kill it by doing this, but it worked! Now I'm careful to turn the plant every once in awhile so each part gets the same amount of light. I read an article in which the author used rooting powder on the stem before replanting, so I did that. Evidently it works without that! Hurray!
Name: Susie
Leonard, Minnesota (Zone 3b)
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4susiesjoy
Jan 18, 2014 10:57 AM CST
The first time is pretty scary isn't it? Hilarious! I use to use rooting powder but when I was out of it one time and did it anyway, it worked fine, so I don't bother with it any more.

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