Monday, March 19, 2012
I got interested in African Violets after reading a novel where the woman faked her death to escape her abusive husband. In preparation, she took a single leaf from each of her beloved plants, wrapped them into a plastic bag, and took with her. The author must've loved them herself because quite a bit of description went into the how to of propagation.
I can't think of the title, later it was made into a movie starring Julia Roberts.
I started each of these plants from a single leaf/stem that rooted in water. My sister-in-law was kind enough to allow me to break off little starters from the plants in her south facing bathroom. They rooted after several weeks in a narrow topped tiny vase. The leaves rot if they get wet, so I was careful not to let them touch water.
The red leafed plant is a begonia. Flowers are small and delicate pink.
It is underplanted with an African Violet.
I don't know the names of any of the varieties. some have rounded leave, some are a bit oblong or have slightly ruffled edges.
Dumpster dived plates and pots. The cute blue ceramic "watering can" is a favorite.
Love the purple flower. Will start saving and soaking eggshells.
I read someplace that the calcium will increase the blooms.
Upper right shows 2 single, rooted leaves. It takes a while to start a new little cluster. One time I got tired of looking at a raggedy big leaf, stared to break off the "bad" parts of it, and discovered a little cluster of baby leaves growing under it. Pretty hardy overall.
These are all in a south facing window.
Mint! Also started from a small stem segment that rooted in water.
The other summer I had such good luck with rooting basil stems and increasing the number of plants. The new plants kept the neighborhood thieves very happy I'm sure.