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Plantguy2020
Jun 16, 2021 10:38 PM CST
Hi.

Today I noticed that my African violets that's I've had since 2018 seemed loose while picking off a dead leaf. Upon further inspection the roots seem to have become totally detached. There's 1 baby root still on it.

About 2 weeks ago I repotted it into a bigger pot but was very careful. This was the 2nd reporting.

With the exception of some dead flowers and the dead leaf the plant looks normal.

Should I keep it in the soil? Right now it's sitting in a jar with no water.

Is all hope lost?

Thank you any advice and help. I don't want to lose this plant.
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Plantguy2020
Jun 16, 2021 10:39 PM CST
One ot
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One other photo of what's left of the roots.
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jun 17, 2021 9:39 AM CST
Welcome!

Your pot is too big, the soil stayed too wet and the roots rotted off. All you can do now is try to re-root it. Pull off the bottom few rows of leaves, get out a sharp knife and cut the stem. You are looking for healthy green tissue, no brown, inside the stem. Keep pulling off leaves and cutting until there's no brown in the stem. Spray the cut with a fungicide and 'plant' it in a small pot. Don't bury any stem, just make sure the cut end makes good contact with the soil.

You can start new plants with the mature healthy leaves you cut off. Just make sure they aren't showing signs of rot.

My largest AV plants are in a 4 inch pots.
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Plantguy2020
Jun 17, 2021 11:05 AM CST
Thank you Daisyl for your response!

So I've started to do what you have said but I just have a question about them stem.

I gently cut off all the brown junk but this purpleish ring is normal I'm hopefully guessing?
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
Not all who wander are lost
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DaisyI
Jun 17, 2021 12:27 PM CST
The inside should be greener than that.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

President: Orchid Society of Northern Nevada
Webmaster: osnnv.org
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Plantguy2020
Jun 25, 2021 4:20 PM CST
Hey Daisyl,

Just wanted to say thanks for the advice. It's only been a week and the plant is still alive after cutting down the stem, not showing any sign of dying.

Fingers crossed it stays that way. 🀞🏼🀞🏼 Thank You!
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
Not all who wander are lost
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DaisyI
Jun 25, 2021 5:13 PM CST
Crossing Fingers!
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

President: Orchid Society of Northern Nevada
Webmaster: osnnv.org

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