Growing African Violets from Leaves | How to Propagate African Violets

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Growing African Violets from Leaves is easy and can be done by a beginner gardener too! Learn a quick method in the given article.

Growing African Violets from Leaves is a fun gardening project and if you are someone new to plants, then you will absolutely love to propagate this flowering plant!

Here’s all you need to know about growing African Violets indoors 

Propagating African Violets from Leaves


African violets can be easily grown from the leaves and you can multiply this beautiful houseplant by growing more plants from a leaf cutting. Follow the given steps:

  • Take a fresh leaf from a healthy plant with the leaf stem attached to it. Make sure you are not taking a hard or old leaf.
  • Now, using a sharp blade, cut the top portion of the leaf blade. This will aid in propagation.
  • Make a cut at the leaf’s stem at an angle of 45 degrees.
  • Dip the tip of the leaf stem into rooting hormone.
  • Take a small pot and fill it with 1 part peat and 3 parts coarse vermiculite. Make a small hole and plant the leaf. Firmly press the growing medium and water thoroughly.
  • Place the pot in a location where it receives some sun and keeps the soil moist.
  • The plantlets will form in about 8-12 weeks. You will notice many of them at the base. Divide the small new plants by gently pulling them and each one will reward you with a new plant!
  • You can then grow these new plants in small pots filled with regular potting mix.

Dividing African Violet Plants

Divison or separating plants is one more easy African violet propagation. This method includes separating suckers, pups or cutting the crown from the plant. Ensure that each portion you removed contains the part of the main plant’s root system.

If your African violet plant is grown too large for their pots, you can use each part to form a new plant by planting them in a potting mix.

Find out 18 awesome houseplants that grow from division here

Propagation from Seeds

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  • Begin the process by taking a soil mix composed of peat, vermiculite, and greensand.
  • Add 2-3 spoons full of Epsom salt to the prepared mixture. It will help to lighten the soil.
  • Place the seeds about 1 inch deep into the soil and cover them with a soil mix.
  • Water thoroughly until the soil appears moist.
  • Keep the pot where it gets bright indirect sunlight and the seeds will germinate in about 8-15 days.

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