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Questions About African Violets

Asked by
Anonymous on
December 15, 2010

Q. African Violet Propagation

Is there any way to propagate an African violet leaf with very little stem? I ordered some that rotted at dirt level, but the leaf is still firm. I sure hate to toss them.

Answered by
Heather on
December 18, 2010
Certified Expert
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Yes, you can propagate African Violet from a leaf cutting. This article will help:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/african-violet/african-violet-care.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
June 5, 2011

Q. Powdery Mildew

I have powdery mildew on my African violets. Can anyone help me to get rid of it? I have sterilized the soil, my pots, gotten rid of all my plants and started with new ones and it keeps showing up. What am I doing wrong?


Answered by
roseman on
June 5, 2011
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You are not really doing anything wrong, this just happens sometimes and can be quite frustrating. There is a product called Green Cure that is sold on-line and at some local garden centers and greenhouses. It works very well to get rid of and control powdery mildew. Here is a link to their website for you:
http://www.greencure.net/ I use it on my roses and garden veggies that get powdery mildew from time to time. My mother has used it on her african violets with success as well. The PM spores can get onto various things and thus transmit back to the plants, so a treatment method such as Green Cure is in order.

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Asked by
Fouzia on
July 21, 2011

Q. Growing African Violets

I’m following all light, water and temperature requirements for growing African Violets indoors, but my A. Vs never thrive. They gradually turn limp and rot away. I’m desperate to know what I’m doing wrong. Please help.

Answered by
Susan75023 on
July 22, 2011
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The only answers I have is that they are too wet or too dry. But you are following directions. Did you use African Violet potting soil? If all of this is followed, I don't have a clue. I would take a plant with you to a store where they sell them and ask what they think. If a box store, ask for the plant expert.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
October 6, 2011

Q. Propagating African Violets

At a garden show the speaker referred to propagating from the ‘pup’ found at the stem of the plant. I’ve never heard anyone else refer to this method. Have you and is it done like propagating with a leaf?

Answered by
Nikki on
October 7, 2011
Certified Expert
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A "pup" refers to a plantlet that grows at the stem. It is similar to a plantlet that is grown from the leaves. Many times, people assume it is just the plant getting larger at the base, when in fact, there are several plants growing together as the pups get older. These can be removed and transplanted to form new plants.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
October 18, 2011

Q. African Violet Propagation

Hi, I have tried to propagate a miniature African Violet by leaf cutting but sadly leaf rot kicks in just after the plantlets appear. How can I do a good job without having another mishap?

Answered by
Nikki on
October 18, 2011
Certified Expert
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Have you tried dusting the leaf cutting with rooting hormone? Most rooting hormones also contain fungicide, which helps keep rot away. You should also try a faster draining soil or watering less. Rot is frequently caused by too much water and cutting back on moisture will help keep it away.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
October 19, 2011

Q. Flowers on African Violet Divided Plant

I divided several healthy African Violet potted plants into other clay pots using regular Miracle Grow Potting Soil as I have in the past. I cut into the main center stem to divide the plant into two. It has been six weeks now and the separated new plants don’t have any flower blooms on them. What should I do?

Answered by
Nikki on
October 19, 2011
Certified Expert
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It may take some time for the divided plants to bloom. Dividing can shock the plant and cause them to not bloom for some time. Continue to care for them as you have and once they recover, they will begin to bloom again.

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Asked by
deenamoo on
January 3, 2012

Q. African Violet

Can African violets get aphids? Mine has what looks to be little white eggs or bugs about 1/64th in length. Thank you.

Answered by
Nikki on
January 4, 2012
Certified Expert
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Yes, they can. You will normally find them on the undersides of the leaves in clusters. They are usually green or black but may be found in others colors too. You could be seeing egg sacs. Mealy bugs are another possibility, occurring in white, cottony clusters on leaf surfaces. Spider mites also affect these plants and will usually leave white webbing. Regardless of the type of pest, I would recommend treating the plant with neem oil. It is quite effective in treating all of these insects. Here is more info: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm

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