At present we have african violets (saintpaulias) for sale on our website (www.cloudviolets.co.uk) but I’ve noticed that there are people who sell african violet leaves on eBay. These aren’t exactly cheap (around £1 per leaf seems the norm) so it’s something I’m keen to explore as we have a lot of different varieties.
We grow some of our plants from leaf cuttings (I’m going to say more about that in a different article) and it’s pretty straightforward. However, I’ve always wondered how viable an african violet leaf would be after a few days i.e. the time it takes to post one somewhere else in the UK.
Therefore, I’m going to conduct a very simple experiment with a set of leaves (from the same plant and all a similar size) to see if leaves stored in a certain way will still be viable. The conditions will be:
- Air-tight plastic
- Sealed paper pocket
- No container
All the leaves will be kept in the dark for four days before being treated as a normal cutting and introduced to some water.
I’ll let you know how I get on…