Old African violets lose their beauty, get a crooked and knotty stem, and make less and less flowers from one year to another. But they can be rejuvenated with a simple and easy method, and by the next spring they will make more buds for you to enjoy their beautiful flowers.
African violets are among the most loved house flowers.
But after only 3 or 4 years, these plants are already aging, their stems are becoming thicker, twisted or rolled into pots, and don’t produce as many flowers as they did in the early years.
The first step: removes the aging stem
Cut the violet stem and leave only the young leaves in the top.
Leave the soil in pots to dry for 2 or 3 days and gently remove the plant with its root.
Then break the old and large leaves and leave only 3 or 4 younger leaves at the top of the plant.
Sacrifice the flowers if it has, because you will cut the root completely, and the plant won’t be able to support the flowers if it has no roots.
Then cut the top of the stem so that it remains three centimeters along with the top leaves.
How to revive and propagate African violets
The African violets leaves will develop new roots in the water
The top strain that you’ve cut is placed in a small transparent glass jar with water, and you can add 1-2 drops of nutrient solution.
Choose a few vigorous and healthy leaves from the ones you broke, and put them in the water alongside the new plant.
Within 1 month, the leaves and the cut stem will develop new roots.
Wait until the roots are well developed, and then plant the leaves and the new plant in quality soil mixed with a little peat and sand.
Use 1 pot for each leaf and water it moderately, once every 4 to 5 days until the new African violets begin to develop along with their tender leaves.
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