Here is a closer look at one of the baby plant's root systems. You can see that they all lead down to one root bunch and can be easily re-potted.
This is one of the baby plant's all potted up. There are a few things to remember when potting up the baby plant. For starters you want to make sure that you plant it fairly deep in the soil. Wherever there is a "wound" where it was disconnected from the mother plant should sprout another stem. The other thing is that you don't want to pack the soil around the violet. African Violets like their soil fairly loose, and it will be easier for the plant to re-root in loose soil.
During the process of re-potting you will most likely have several stems of leaves that fall of, and have no roots. If you would like to go further and take those leaves and try to root them, Jeanette shows us a few different ways!
Then place the leaf face up in some soil, so that the cut veins are touching the soil. Place it in a small greenhouse setting, and keep the leaf very moist. Then each place that the vein was cut, a new root system will grow!
Another way to root the leaves is to take a sharp scissors or knife and cut a slit in the exposed or "wounded" end of them stem in a criss-cross pattern. Then you can put the stem in a vase with water, and it will grow roots from each one of the four pieces.
Here are the four pieces coming off of the stem.
Well there you have it, several great ways to re-pot, split and root your African Violets! Even though it is a little bit harder to do the method of rooting where you cut the plant veins Jeanette does suggest this way. While rooting stems in water is easy, the plant loses a membrane in doing so. This means the plant is going to have a little bit harder time rooting and growing strong once it is placed into the soil.
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