Rejuvenation of old violets with hydrogel


Hello, dear friends - gardeners, gardeners and amateur flower growers!
I want to share with you a way to transform and rejuvenate an old violet, which will give it a second life.

Why violets lose their attractiveness

Over time, Saintpaulia rosettes lose their decorative effect. This is due to the fact that we break off old, worn-out leaves from an adult plant, or we separate the leaves, using them as cuttings for propagation. As a result, the rosette loses its symmetry, and a bare stem appears on the violet.

I suggest you renew the violet and return it to its former beauty. To achieve this, you just need to re-root the top or, as it is also called, the socket head.

Rooting the head of a violet rosette

Preparing the outlet for rooting

Examine your homemade violet and decide which leaves to leave on top to root. The easiest way to separate the head of the rosette is with a fishing line: wrap it around the rosette one row below the intended tip, cross the ends of the line and pull until the line cuts the stem. The lower part of the violet remaining in the pot can be used as a mother plant: over time, stepchildren suitable for rooting will begin to grow on it.

Separate the leaves of the lower row from the head so that the leg is exposed, on which the roots will subsequently form. Healthy leaves that you pick can be rooted and used for propagation. Now remove the skin from the stem with a knife to living tissue.

Tank and soil preparation

The top of the socket can be bored in several ways. I will plant it directly into the ground. To do this, I need a soil mixture prepared in advance, two identical transparent cups and drainage material - small pieces of foam. In one of the cups, I cut the drainage holes with scissors, put foam plastic on the bottom, then fill the cup to the top with soil, make a small depression in the center and put a teaspoon of the swollen hydrogel in it.

The addition of a hydrogel is not a prerequisite, but when the violet takes root, it will intensively absorb moisture from the soil, and the hydrogel, due to its property to accumulate it in granules, will help me not to worry too much about untimely watering.

Planting the top of the violet

I dip the cleaned violet stem into the hydrogel and sprinkle it with soil mixture. It remains only to moisten the soil around the violet. Then I put the cup with the top in the second cup of the same: it will act as a tray. Putting a plastic bag on the planted violet, I tie it.

Conditions for successful rooting

You need to keep the rooting violet in a bright, warm place, so I place it on a shelf under the phytolamp. It will take about two to three weeks to grow the roots, and since the plant is rooting in a small transparent cup, I will be able to observe this process. When the violet has filled all the soil with roots, I will transfer it to a larger pot.

As you can see, the procedure for rejuvenating violets is not complicated at all. It can be performed even by a novice florist who does not have any skills. And I wish you all good luck, good mood and lush blooming of violets.

Video of rooting violets in a hydrogel


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If the bare stem of the old Saintpaulia coarsens and turns brown, it is no longer able to form new roots. In this case, the second method of violet rejuvenation is used - by rooting the cut stem in water.

- Saintpaulia is taken out of an old pot
- the lower leaves of the rosette are removed, leaving no more than 6 leaves (with this method of rejuvenation, Saintpaulia is greatly weakened, therefore the plant should have a minimum of green mass)
- cut off the stem of the violet with a sharp knife at a distance of 3 cm below the last leaves
- sprinkle the cut with charcoal powder
- the resulting brown crust on the stem of the old Saintpaulia is carefully peeled off with a knife until a green cloth
- after cleaning, slightly dry the stem of the violet (within 20-30 minutes)

- place the rosette of the plant in a glass of water, so that the peeled end of the stem is dipped into the water.

After a while, roots appear on the stem of the Saintpaulia rosette.

When the roots grow up to 2 cm, the violet is planted in a fresh earthen mixture and placed in greenhouse conditions.

Soon, the rooted plant will form new leaves and flower stalks.

Capacity requirements

Any utensils taken after plant transplantation should be thoroughly washed and disinfected. For saintpaulia, bowls with drainage holes up to 10 cm high are suitable. The diameter of the upper part should be 15-20 cm. An adult plant grows well in such a pot. For young rosettes, cups with a diameter of about 6 cm are needed.Only after filling the container with roots, the beginning of flowering of the transplanted plant can be expected.

If plastic cups are used for transplanting violets at home, then the drainage layer must compensate for the depth in order to maintain proportions. For better bottom irrigation, wicks can be inserted into the drainage holes, through which the earth will be saturated faster.

Cacti: preparing for spring

As spring approaches, the collection is gradually being prepared for awakening. Depending on the area of ​​cultivation and the weather, in March - April, plants are taken to summer camps - greenhouses, hotbeds, loggias, balconies, etc. In warm sunny weather, it is useful to spray the plants with warm water. This procedure can be combined with preventive treatment for spider mites. The first careful watering begins when the cacti show signs of growth (young thorns appear on the tops) or flower buds appear.

Also, when bringing plants to a permanent place, they must be shaded from the bright rays of the spring sun, because the plants that are weaned from the light when wintering in the bright sun burns. In some cases, this leads to the death of plants, and at best, there will be scars from burns that will remain on the plant for its entire life as ugly scars.

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    Main flowering crops

    pelargonium, petunia, calibrachoa, begonia, lobelia, ferulele, scovola, bacopa, balsam, sanvitalia, hybrid verbena and Vittrock's violet.

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    Pelargonium garden or zonal pelargonium

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    Petunia and Calibrachoa

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    Answers to popular questions

    From time to time, all growers face problems. We will give answers to the most frequently asked questions when growing violets.

    Why is it growing badly or slowly?

    Saintpaulia can grow poorly for the following reasons:

    • too low or high temperature - bring it back to normal
    • lack of nutrients - feed the plant
    • depleted soil - transplant the violet
    • plant over 3 years old - root the leaf or rejuvenate the bush.

    Why doesn't it bloom?

    Flowering may be absent:

    • if there is a lack of potassium and phosphorus or an excess of nitrogen - use only specialized feeding intended for Saintpaulias
    • in case of improper lighting - insufficient or without a 6-hour break
    • the flower is hot or cold, the difference between day and night temperatures
    • if the violet grows in a pot that is too loose, transplant it into a tight container until the roots have mastered the entire earthen lump, there will be no flowering
    • if the buds appear, but then fall off or dry out - possibly low humidity
    • flower over 3 years old - root the leaf or rejuvenate the bush.

    The violet will not bloom if you decide to get seeds or simply do not cut off old flower stalks.

    Why only leaves grow?

    If the leaves grow well, but flowering does not occur, then there may be several reasons:

    • excess nitrogen fertilizers
    • no mandatory daily 6 hour dark period
    • lack of light.

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