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- Propagate your African Violets
cutting material (choose healthy leaves)
- sharp secateurs or scalpel
- hormone rooting powder (available at nurseries)
- pots or a propagating tray
- propagating mix (or make your own using 2 parts peat one part Perlite and quarter part Vermiculite.)
- Add two tablespoons of dolomite to 4 litres of Peat.
- a clear plastic bag
- some bent wire (to make a mini greenhouse around the pot)
- a dibble (for example a pencil to make holes in the mix)
- A bucket of water with a disinfectant such as Dettol added (to sterilise equipment, pots, hands etc)
- Select a medium-sized leaf from the centre of the plant. Avoid leaves that are: large and floppy, marked or spotted, or small and immature from the middle of the plant. Cut the leaf off cleanly from plant with a 2.5 cm (1") long piece of stem attached. Trim the base of the stalk with a slanting cut. Also take of the very top of the leaf; this stops the leaf itself growing.
- Dip the stem in hormone rooting powder. Using the dibble to make a hole in the propagating mix and insert stem of leaf into the hole so the leaf is just above the mix.
- Repeat using as many leaves as you can fit in the pot without the leaves touching each other. Rest the leaves on the edge of the pot.
- Water and cover the pot with the plastic bag placed around the bent wire to keep the plastic away from the leaves.
- Place the pot in a spot somewhere between 16 to 26 degrees celcius, well-lit spot. New plants will form around the base of the leaf in four to 12 weeks. They can be separated into their own pots when the new plants reach a size of about 5cm (2.5").