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Old 03-24-2014, 11:23 AM
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UnhappyRepotting AVs I kill em every time.


Is there a trick to repotting African Violets? Every time I have tried, they always die, or, at best fail to thrive and slowly expire.

I have a named (tag lost) one that is becoming very leggy and flopping over. I am so terrified of trying to re pot the darn thing. I've tried being extremely careful to not disturb roots overmuch.

This one is going to need to have the stem cut and re-rooted. Any tips? I'll be setting leaves as well in hopes of at least having some babies in case mama doesn't survive.

Should I try rooting hormone?

Help, suggestions and advice welcome!
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Old 03-24-2014, 11:42 AM
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How are you starting your leaves?
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Old 03-24-2014, 01:39 PM
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I start leaves in a mixture of 1pt each verm./perlite/peat. No rooting hormone. Too lazy to drive 25 miles to pick some up.
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Old 03-24-2014, 01:43 PM
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African violet is one of the easiest plants to propagate(at least for me)without trying. A bit on the drier side of the mix when you are trying to root from the leaves. Always water from the bottom, making sure not to wet directly the leaves. AV plants don' t like wet leaves so always bottom water it, let the water soak in slowly, add half strength of fertilizer to the water every time you water. Pull out spent blooms and it should reward you flowers often.

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Old 03-24-2014, 02:58 PM
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I'm asking for advice on re potting an adult plant. I do ok with starting leaves.
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Old 03-24-2014, 03:28 PM
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well, every thing i've tried to be gentle and easy on repotting them they have died. so here's what i do that has worked time and again. dump it out of the pot into your, while its upside down use your fingers to tease the roots out, you can probably get at least 3 plants out of that one if you are wanting to split it. i use 1 part m.g. garden soil, 1 part red dirt, and 1 part sand. this has worked amazingly for me for years. got 16 plants out of divisions of one root bound av. hope this helps
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Old 03-24-2014, 09:40 PM
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Thank you Tess1893 and everyone! I found some additional info as well! Got the plant repotted and one sucker. So hopefully they'll do well and survive!
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Old 03-25-2014, 11:36 PM
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Don't overwater after you have transplanted. Violets will definitely die from too much water. Especially when the roots are not growing yet after the transplanting.
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Old 03-27-2014, 10:30 AM
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Thank you, Bob Salee! I will try more infrequent waterings. So far so good. It's a little droopy at the moment.
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Old 06-04-2014, 09:41 PM
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How's your violet doing?
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Old 09-04-2014, 09:59 AM
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My solution to top heavy, long stem plants: I have done this 4 times now with success even though it's a scary thing to do - Cut stem even with the soil. Have a new pot of soil ready and put stem about 2" in the soil and water lightly to settle soil close to stem. I put mine in a bright window but no sun for about 2 weeks and them acclimate it slowly over 1 month back into morning sun as it was in before. They didn't even go into shock & looked fine. The root stub sprouted a new top 2 of the 4 times. The other 2 times they seemed to rot away. I'm not afraid to do this any more & gained the new rooted stub plants.
I hope this helped in some way, Trudy
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