African Violets

African Violet Magnolia Supreme

My African violet ‘Magnolia’ has recently sported (spontaneously mutated) from its original form. Both the flowers and the leaves have changed. African violet ‘Magnolia’ was hybridized by M. Burns and registered with the African Violet Society of America in 1986 by R. Nadeau. The official description for the original hybrid reads: Magnolia (6378) 09/20/1986 (M. Burns/R. Nadeau) Semidouble-double light pink. Black-green, ovate, pointed, glossy, pebbled/red back. Large (DAVS 1351) Magnolia

Hybridizing African Violets

Hybridizing African violets is a fun hobby that will reward you with new and interesting plant varieties. Pollinating African violet flowers is easy to do and will produce seed pods within a couple of weeks.

New African violet plants growing in water

Rooting leaves in water is one of the traditional methods of African violet propagation dating back to the early days of the plants’ popularity in North America. If your grandmother grew African violets from leaf cuttings she might have used this method …

Planting African Violet Leaves

African violets are easy to propagate from leaf cuttings. Rooting leaves in potting soil, soilless mix or inorganic media such as perlite or vermiculite will produce new plantlets reliably and with very little care and attention.