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    Has anyone here ever grown an African violet from a leaf? My Grandma has an absolutely Beautiful purply- blue one.....would love to borrow a leaf and make a plant? Does it take a long time?!

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    Love them and had tons years ago. They are easily grown from leaf. Check this info. Good luck!
    www.ehow.com/how_4425626_grow-african-violet-from-leaf.html

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    Try googling and see what you find. My aunt use to do this all the time.

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    Oh, Thank you!!!!!!!!!!! I bet your home was beautiful with lots. Love them, too, and they are safe for pets, a biggie for me!

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    Very easy--have done thousands! Used to propagate for a greenhouse.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by CarrieAnne
    Has anyone here ever grown an African violet from a leaf? My Grandma has an absolutely Beautiful purply- blue one.....would love to borrow a leaf and make a plant? Does it take a long time?!
    It is very easy to grow African Violet leaves. Cut a leaf from the middle of that plant using a sharp knife and cut at an angle. I use a small juice glass or simular size container. Put water in up almost to the top, then I take clear wrap and a rubber band to hold it in place. Cut a small hole in the top to stick the leaf in. Put in a north window or window that is shaded as you do not want to cook your leaf in the sun. When it gets several roots, then buy African Violet potting soil, along with African Violet plant food. Use a smaller pot to begin with because Violets will not bloom unless pot bound. Water from the bottom only. Good luck.
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    Thank you! That made it sound so easy!

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    Carrieanne, YES!!!
    In the warmer weather I put the leaf in water, with the stem submerged and you will get one!!! I found it easiest to put foil around the jar so the leaf stays out and keep checking the water periodically.
    I love African violets but so does my sweet Mabel so I don't have any for now!!!!!! One day I was on the phone for 6 minutes and when I returned she ate the whole ring of flowers! lol :D:D
    It's okay, she's worth it!

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    YES, i HAVE 2 THAT i STARTED FROM A LEAF. i PUT WATER IN A GLASS, COVERED THE TOP WITH SARAN WRAD, PUT A RUNNER BAND AROUND THE GLAS TO HELP HOLD THE SARAN WRAP . USED A SHARP INSTRUMENT TO POKE A HOLE IN THE TOP OF THE SARAN WRAP. i THEN SLIPPED THE CUT END OF THE STEM INTO THE WATER AND PUT IT IN A WEST WINDOW AND WAITED.mY WEST WINDOW IS SHADED SO THE PLANT WILL NOT COOK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CarrieAnne
    Has anyone here ever grown an African violet from a leaf? My Grandma has an absolutely Beautiful purply- blue one.....would love to borrow a leaf and make a plant? Does it take a long time?!
    Have grown lots. Very easy. Just break off a leaf with about an inch of stem. Bury stem up to leaf in half agricultural sand and half compost. Keep watered and on warm windowsill. Takes 4-6 weeks. Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sueisallaboutquilts
    Carrieanne, YES!!!
    In the warmer weather I put the leaf in water, with the stem submerged and you will get one!!! I found it easiest to put foil around the jar so the leaf stays out and keep checking the water periodically.
    I love African violets but so does my sweet Mabel so I don't have any for now!!!!!! One day I was on the phone for 6 minutes and when I returned she ate the whole ring of flowers! lol :D:D
    It's okay, she's worth it!
    Must try this method. Thanks for the tip.

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    Yes I have done it and it does not take a long time. I would start a couple just in case. Just dip it in a root growing formula for starting plants and it will do great.

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    My Grannie use to fill new pots with soil, water the soil, using a butter knife, she would make a slit in soil, insert leaf, cover with a ziplock bag til she could see the new plant growing. :D She had a room dedicated to just African Violets. They were gorgeous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IdahoSandy
    Quote Originally Posted by CarrieAnne
    Has anyone here ever grown an African violet from a leaf? My Grandma has an absolutely Beautiful purply- blue one.....would love to borrow a leaf and make a plant? Does it take a long time?!
    It is very easy to grow African Violet leaves. Cut a leaf from the middle of that plant using a sharp knife and cut at an angle. I use a small juice glass or simular size container. Put water in up almost to the top, then I take clear wrap and a rubber band to hold it in place. Cut a small hole in the top to stick the leaf in. Put in a north window or window that is shaded as you do not want to cook your leaf in the sun. When it gets several roots, then buy African Violet potting soil, along with African Violet plant food. Use a smaller pot to begin with because Violets will not bloom unless pot bound. Water from the bottom only. Good luck.
    IdahoSandy
    My mom and I used to do this all the time. However, you forgot one step. Mom and both grandmas always said that in order for it to grow into a beautiful plant, you had to steal the leaf from someone else's plant! :lol: :lol: :lol: AND you couldn't tell them you took it, or the leaf wouldn't sprout! :lol: :lol:

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    Very easy to do - I've done it several times - but it takes time. Cut off a healthy leaf, dip the stem in a rooting hormone powder and then stick the leaf stem into potting soil. I use a mister to water it for many weeks until I see some new little leaves popping up.

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    Amazon, I bet the room was pretty!
    LOL, Patty!

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    YES you can.Stick it in potting mix.At one time i had 250 of the things,now i'm down to one.I use one of those self watering things that you can get at walmart.Connie in CO

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    Quote Originally Posted by Connie in CO
    YES you can.Stick it in potting mix.At one time i had 250 of the things,now i'm down to one.I use one of those self watering things that you can get at walmart.Connie in CO
    My only Violet has a long neck,i might try to start another plant.I also have a plant that is a cousin to a African Violet,it has long fussy leaves,Strep????????? something.

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    Wow, Connie, 250? I bet that was beautiful....theycome in so many pretty colors!

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    CarrieAnne,went to one African Violet show and i was hooked.They have grow lights out,it has a light in it that shows the colors of the blooms.The one violet i have now has green and white leaves.Connie in CO

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    Quote Originally Posted by Connie in CO
    CarrieAnne,went to one African Violet show and i was hooked.They have grow lights out,it has a light in it that shows the colors of the blooms.The one violet i have now has green and white leaves.Connie in CO
    That was before i found quilting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IdahoSandy
    Quote Originally Posted by CarrieAnne
    Has anyone here ever grown an African violet from a leaf? My Grandma has an absolutely Beautiful purply- blue one.....would love to borrow a leaf and make a plant? Does it take a long time?!
    It is very easy to grow African Violet leaves. Cut a leaf from the middle of that plant using a sharp knife and cut at an angle. I use a small juice glass or simular size container. Put water in up almost to the top, then I take clear wrap and a rubber band to hold it in place. Cut a small hole in the top to stick the leaf in. Put in a north window or window that is shaded as you do not want to cook your leaf in the sun. When it gets several roots, then buy African Violet potting soil, along with African Violet plant food. Use a smaller pot to begin with because Violets will not bloom unless pot bound. Water from the bottom only. Good luck.
    IdahoSandy
    Great information, I used waxpaper ( on purpose) vs. saran wrap. My Father in-law was known for his beautiful african violets. All grown in this manor. He kept his original ones and started with leaves, opened his garage door in spring and cars lined up.

    Very fun _ I don't have a window in this house that will grow them nicely. :( he used grow lights on his flat beads.

    Good luck ! I wish you much success !
    Ell

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    I have a beautiful purple with yellow centers sitting on my window sill.It's about to bloom.It will be covered in blooms before to long,

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    This is how I used to do them and they are so easy to root...

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    Have done this many times just by taking a leaf and placing it in moist african violet soil and placing a plastic sandwich bag over the pot. Set the pot in indirect sun and before you know it little leaves will sprout at the edge of the big leaf. Easiest thing to do.

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