African Violet Chimera
1. Start with a plant that is vigorous and whose bloom is as close to perfect as possible. Remove all of the blooms and bloom stalks.
2. Determine how many leaves you want on the crown you will be re-rooting once you remove it from the plant. Once you have determined how many leaves you will save on the crown, remove the next row of the leaves from under the crown, and if possible the next row, too. You should end up with at least two rows of leaves on the plant. Remember the crown cutting has no root system and therefore cannot support too many leaves.
3. Now cut the crown first from one side angling the knife slightly downward and cut half way into the bottom of the crown. Now turn the plant around and cut the remainder of the crown until it is separated from the plant. Now you should have the plant with at least two rows of leaves and the crown cutting.
4. Take the crown cutting and dip it into a rooting hormone (optional), shaking off the excess and put it into your favorite rooting mix. Cover with a baggie and place it in a location with strong light but not in direct sunlight. IMPORTANT! Save this crown cutting as it is still your original plant. In just a few months it will be growing and blooming as it used to do.
5. Now take the plant with the crown removed and place it in strong light. In a few weeks you should begin to see new growth around the area where you had removed the crown.
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