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What you need:
  • Sharp knife
  • Rooting hormone
  • Small pot
  • Potting soil
  • Clear plastic bag
  • Chopsticks or green stakes
When an African violet gets older, it frequently looses some of its bottom leaves. This makes the plant look "leggy" or "necky."
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To restore the plant to its more attractive habit of being compact and flat, start by using a sharp knife to cut off the top portion of the plant. It's a good idea to take a leaf cutting of your African violet prior to attempting this project. That way if the process fails, you don't lose your plant permanently.
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Dipping the cut portion of the stem of this plant in rooting hormone first will speed up the rooting process.
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Next, plant this cut off portion in a fresh pot of dampened potting soil.
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Cover the plant and pot with a plastic bag and put in a bright area with no direct light. Place chopsticks in the pot to support the bag. Maintain room temperature, and leave the plant in the bag until it roots, which will be about a month. The bottom portion of the plant left in the pot should sprout new leaves within several weeks.