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St. Paul, MN
sylviam21
May 6, 2020 6:26 PM CST
Hi everyone,

Calling all African Violet experts!
I rooted a few leaves from my big African Violet and now each one has two babies growing out of it. Some of the babies are now big enough to be moved to their own pots but I noticed two of them have really long necks because they had to grow down first then around the end of the leaf to reach the surface. One in particular has a stem about a centimeter long but I hesitate to cut it because there is a nice root on the end.

I understand these plants are prone to root rot and I am wondering if the risk of root rot from an extra long stem outweighs the risk of completely re-rooting the little guy.
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
May 6, 2020 6:57 PM CST
Welcome!

Let the plants grow until the mother leaf dies. At that point, you will know they have root systems capable of supporting them. Plant them at the same depth they were in the 'mother pot', don't cut the roots off. That defeats the purpose of spending the time and effort to growing roots.

If you have already unpotted them and taken them apart, I'm not sure what the chances of survival will be. I usually wait until the planlets are blooming to separate them. Then I know which ones are keepers as the planlets won't necessarily be just like their parent.
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