Today’s project was to divide and re-pot my African Violets. It’s something I typically do around this time of year. Spring is around the corner, but I can’t even wait that long to play in the dirt.
On the ranch, spring brings new babies…baby calves, baby chicks, baby lambs, baby colts…and baby African Violets.
OK…I know…African Violet babies can come any time of year…I just thought it sounded good.
I started with 4 African Violets, each in it’s own pot. Blue Eyes surprised me with them 2 Christmases ago. These little flowering plants were something I always had while on the ranch and he thought I would like to have some here too. He was right….he’s very thoughtful that way…and come to think of it…he’s right a lot too…if I weren’t the easy going person I am, that might kind of bug me. But it doesn’t…because I’m easy going. Yep, easy going…that’s me.
…Since taking up residence in our kitchen window, those 4 plants have been doing more than looking pretty, drinking water, and soaking up the sun…they’ve been busy. Busy making babies!
So Many Baby African Violets!
By the time I was done dividing and repotting I ended up with eight baby African Violet plants. Now, I’m no genius, but I think that means they doubled their population in a little over a year 😉
I’m easy going AND mathematically gifted, I guess.
I’ve learned quite a few tricks in the last few decades about how to divide and re-pot African Violets. One of them I came up with all by myself when my messy-ness left me with dirt all over their fuzzy leaves during the re-potting process.
Now, as much as I am messy, I am psycho about dirt in certain places. I couldn’t care any less if my toilet is less than clean, but dirt lying around on the leaves of a plant? That drives me psycho nuts. Needless to say…that dirt was REALLY irritating me.
I’m not sure how I thought of it, but I always have old toothbrushes around for various cleaning purposes. I figured the bristles would be perfect for “combing” through the fine hairs on an African Violet’s leaves. Hard to believe, but one of my ideas actually made sense and worked perfectly. It really is pretty handy.
Since I’ve spent so many years growing, and yes sometimes killing, African Violets, I figured it might be nice to share some of those mistakes and successes with others. So, I wrote up some tutorials on Real Country Living about dividing and re-potting African Violets. They are actually the most visited pages on that site, so you might want to check them out:
- African Violet Growing Tips
- Dividing African Violets
- Repotting African Violets – Single Plant
- Common African Violet Problems
- African Violets – Biological Classification
Well, that’s all for today, I’m going to go and admire my baby African Violets some more!
I hope you are all finer than fur on a frog’s back 🙂