Thursday, July 29, 2010

African Violets

We have a couple of African violet plants in our kitchen. They are not as popular as they used to be. Many homes would have two or three in a window and one on the coffee table. I used to say that if you could grow African violets you could grow orchids. I don't say that any more since when I do say it, the person has not grown African violets.

I bought a orchid plant on eBay and was looking at what else the vendor had. One of the things was African violet leaves, African violet backbulbs. Combined shipping with the orchid I had already purchased made them affordable so I thought it would be interesting to try.

I have a clay saucer with a small drain hole. I put a layer of rocks, then the leaves, then a top dressing of small bark. All that went into the greenhouse and I waited.

The picture above is the result. Three out of the four have sprouted, I added a bit more bark to the fourth and I expect it will sprout now also.


  1. I've got african violets. I have on on the shady side of a bay window so it gets a lot of blue light but no direct sunlight.

    I've never been able to root the leaves, though and I've never heard of backbulbs. What are they? Where do I find them on my mature plant?

  2. There is no actual backbulb on an African violet, I was just making a simile about sprouting from an older piece of a plant.

    I got my information from this website and it seems to work.