Cuttings of leaves with petioles – plant propagation

September 29, 2016 at 2:37 pm

leaf cuttings - whole leaf with petioleThe name of this method practically says it all. It involves whole leaves torn off the mother plant along with their petioles (stalks) to serve as cuttings. It is a very popular way of propagating the african violet.

At the end of this article you will find a list of links to all the plants described on this website which you can propagate with this method.

1. Prepare a pot

leaf cuttings - whole leaf with petiole - prepare a pot

Prepare a small pot and fill it with moist soil. Remember to include a drainage layer (expanded clay pebbles) at the bottom (1-2 cm / 0.5-1 in).

2. Cut off leaves together with petioles

leaf cuttings - whole leaf with petiole - cut off a leaf

Choose a few sound leaves and cut them off at the bottom of their stalk.

3. Use rooting hormone

leaf cuttings - whole leaf with petiole - use rooting hormone

Dip the ends of the petioles in rooting hormone powder, then shake off any excess hormone.

In the case of the african violet you can omit this step, because its leaves root easily even without any rooting hormone.

4. Make holes in the soil

leaf cuttings - whole leaf with petiole - make holes in the soil

Make a couple of holes in the soil with your finger or a pencil.

5. Place the leaves in the soil

leaf cuttings - whole leaf with petiole - place the leaves in the soil

Place the leaves in the holes thus prepared right up to the base of the leaf blade, with the ends of the stalks touching the bottom of the holes. Tamp the ground slightly around the cuttings.

6. Cover the pot with a foil bag

leaf cuttings - whole leaf with petiole - cover the leaves with a foil bag

Water the cuttings and cover them with a transparent foil bag. Make some tiny (1 mm) holes in the bag to allow the leaves planted to breathe. The foil bag will guarantee the proper level of humidity for the plants which, not yet having any roots, are at risk of drying out.
Next, keep the soil properly moisturized for the first few weeks, and guarantee a proper air temperature (about 21°C/70°F in the case of saintpaulia). After about 3-4 weeks you can take the bag off.

Note that you can omit this step if the air humidity in the room is suitably high (preferably more than 50%).

After a few weeks small new plants will appear at the base of the planted leaves.

7. Place the young plants in separate pots

leaf cuttings - whole leaf with petiole - plant the young plants in separate pots

When the young plants have grown a little, repot them in separate pots. You don’t have to tear off the old leaf from the new plants.

The plants described on this blog which you can propagate with cuttings of leaves with petioles

African violets in pots, saintpaulias

African violet, Saintpaulia

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Pictures by Monika Dżumak. © MyHousePlants.com

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Łukasz Dumiszewski

A computer scientist who likes house plants and who once wanted to be a writer. A blogger who writes about his experiences in growing house plants by using the benefits of computer science. 😉

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