Houseplants forum: Decapitated an African Violet!

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Name: Ed
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herrwood
Dec 18, 2016 7:13 PM CST
I had recently acquired this plant, It was about 5 " wide with a lot of leaves.
There were some dead leaves and old flowers at the base which I was trying to clean up when the whole top of the plant just fell off.
No photos as this happened early this morning and I tried to do some emergency surgery and restart some of the leaves and also tried but do think it will work to stuck the broken top back in in hopes it will re root.

Ok questions are they usually this delicate ?
There was a tap root that is about 2 " long and maybe 1/2" thick which I left in the soil will that regrow some leaves in the future.
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ShadyGreenThumb
Dec 24, 2016 12:46 PM CST
Do you have any photos? These plants are prone to crown rot. You may have not knocked it of, it may have simply rotted off? You did the right thing to leave it rooted. Just be sure that the soil is well above the crown of the plant. Also good that you are starting new from it's leaves. If the mother plant doesn't make it, you'll get some good starts that way.
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Name: Ed
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herrwood
Dec 24, 2016 3:32 PM CST
No photos I thought of that after I had made my rescue attempt.
Hopefully something will survive.
I will update or just start a new post if all goes well
Thanks
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Name: Ed
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herrwood
Jan 20, 2017 1:48 PM CST
I looks like the top of the plant that came off and a few of the leaves I replanted will survive.
So far I have just been killing plants so it feels good to maybe save one Smiling
The 1st photo is the replanted top I can see new growth.
The 2nd photo also shows the leafs I planted while no new growth since it was about a month ago and they are not dead I figure that is good.


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sallyg
Jan 21, 2017 10:02 PM CST
With all the questions I have read on these forums over years, I think watering too often/keeping plants too moist is the most common houseplant problem. I find myself running into it too, even, as much as I am aware of it.
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Name: Ed
Central ,NJ (Zone 6b)
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herrwood
Jan 22, 2017 7:11 AM CST
Sally, not sure what the initial problem was. New to this and at 1st was killing more then I was saving. Plants in general are kind of delicate sort of my opposite.
I have been trying to keep it at the correct moisture even bought one of the meters.
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sallyg
Jan 22, 2017 7:31 AM CST
I only mentioned that since rot was proposed as maybe starting this problem. Good luck! I have bad history with spider plants even though they're supposed to be easy. And I don't have any african violets right now either,
For the most part, my plants are happier when I err on the dry side. But each home has different conditions, and each owner has different habits.- I have plants in my workplace with very hot dry air and it's tricky.
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Carolyn22
Jan 23, 2017 7:37 AM CST
Hi Ed

Quite often we need to decapitate AV's when the stalk gets too long or there are problems with rot. So it is not uncommon to re root the crown and always a good idea to take leaves and root them. AV's do better with bottom watering and don't like to be in kept in any soil that is soggy.

Your AV and it's babies look like they are doing well. I have learned that AV's do very well by being bagged. When re rooting a crown, if rot is the problem, get rid of all of the rot. When rooting the crown, scrape some of the sides off of the stub that is left of the crown to show the green wet part of the crown and push your soil around the crown. Plant so that the leaves are not covered with any dirt. Then bag the AV.

Baby violet leaves do well with bagging as well as when the babies are separated from the mother.

Your's look good and bagging may help to give your plants a leg up.

I am by no means an expert, but this process has served me well.





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Name: Ed
Central ,NJ (Zone 6b)
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herrwood
Jan 23, 2017 10:37 AM CST
Carolyn, Thanks for the information, I do have them bagged which I think helped.
The replanted crown I can see the new growth.
The planted leaves they look healthy but do not see any new growth.
How do you know when the leaf cuttings are reading for their own pot ?
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Carolyn22
Jan 23, 2017 5:18 PM CST
Ed

It does seem like it takes forever for the little babies to start poking through, doesn't it?

The leaves of the babies will start to get to about the size of a nickel on a standard sized AV. Then you can lift them and carefully separate the babies. I like to use the little red solo cup shot glasses to put my babies into and then they are bagged until they are large enough to go up to the next size and I bag the next size as well.



Name: Ed
Central ,NJ (Zone 6b)
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herrwood
Jan 23, 2017 5:29 PM CST
Carolyn, thanks for the information a lot to learn about these interesting plants.
Do to the wind and rain we had here I lost power for a few hours. Took a ride to the library and pick up a book on African Violets now that the power is back maybe I can learn something.
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Name: Carolyn Madden
Pennsylvania
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Carolyn22
Jan 24, 2017 7:23 AM CST
It is so easy to get hooked on them!

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