What you will get:
You will receive a rooting set containing:
1. A leaf from an African violet plant
2. A bottle for rooting in water. You may choose a glass bud flower vase or a narrow mouth glass bottle. Both are decorative.
These bottles can be used for rooting other leaves.
3. A 3" plastic deep square pot
4. Potting mix enough to fill the 3" pot
You may select up to eight sets containing leaves from African violet plants with flower colors all different from one to another.
Rooting a plant leaf may not only be a way to propagating a plant but also a very enjoyable process. Rooting a leaf in water is even more enjoyable because you may observe the entire process, take photos and share the process with your friends. It is also an educational and interesting project for young kids.
Upon receiving, add enough water to the bottle(s), and place the leaf stem into the bottle. Make sure the lower portion of the stem is always submerged in water. It takes about three weeks to see the roots. It may take longer if the temperature is low.
Keep the leaf in the bottle until you see baby plantlets emerging from the bottom of the stem. Moist the potting mix by adding a small amount of water to an extent that the soil is moist but still loose. Add a small amount of soil to the bottom of the 3" square pot. Use one hand to hold the rooted leaf with its stem centered in the pot and roots touching the bottom soil. The bottom of the stem should be about a half inch from the upper edge of the pot. Add more soil gently while keeping the stem centred in the pot until the pot is filled. Water the pot thoroughly and drain the extra water completely. Wait until the soil surface is dry before watering again. Avoid overwatering.
In about a month, multiple plantlets may grow out of the soil surface . Take great care of your baby plants by following the care tips below. When all plantlets have more than five leaves, take the entire root ball out. Separate the young plants gently. Plant these seedlings into different pots individually.
Soil – Pot African violet into the right soil for the easiest care. Special mixes are available on the market, or you can make your own from peat moss, vermiculite, and perlite.
Light – Light affects flowering of African violet. Bright to medium intensity promotes bloom. Moreover, African violet plants with dark green foliage need more light than those with pale/medium green foliage. To keep flowers from reaching for the light, rotate pots regularly. If light cannot be maintained for eight hours, consider using fluorescent lights.
Water – Proper watering is probably the most important for growing African violet plants. Use room-temperature water. Water at the base and never splash the foliage with water; just a drop can cause foliar spots and damage. Water when the soil feels dry to the touch. Never let African violets stand in water or completely dry out.
Temperature – African violets prefer the same temperatures most people find comfortable: between 70-80°F during the day, and around 65–70°F at night.
Feeding – Fertilize African violets with special African violet food, or a food with a higher phosphorus number (the middle number in the NPK fertilizer ratio, such as 15-30-15). Fertilizer can be mixed at one-quarter strength and used at every watering. Not enough fertilizer will cause reduced flowering and paler leaf color.
Special care – Do not allow extra crowns (suckers) to develop. African violets should be grown single-crowned. Most African Violets look best with no more than 5 rows of leaves. To encourage the development of more flowers simply pinch blooms when they are spent.
Plants are shipped with pots. We offer different shipping methods at checkout.
MOVING YOUR PACKAGE ALONG:
If you notice your package is stuck somewhere during transit, filing an update request on your tracking page may help move your package along. You may also notice us to add such a request from our side.
We take very effective packaging measures to prevent your plants from damages. When the temperature is below freezing point at any transit points, it is important to add one or more heat packs in your order (depending on your package size) to protect your plant from cold damage. Check out our Shipping Supplies collection for a variety of products related to shipping.
It is also critical to take your package inside promptly upon delivery when it is hot or cold. Heat may accumulate and damage your plants if the package is left under the sun even if the temperature is relatively mild.
Refund, Replacement and Return Policy
At Wonderland Flora, your satisfaction is our highest priority. While we are very generous to our customers, we encourage communication for any issues that you might encounter. Your questions will be answered and issues will be addressed promptly.
Please inspect your order upon delivery and contact us immediately if the item is defective, damaged or incorrect.
For all live plants, we do not accept returns. If you believe your plant(s) is significantly different from our description, or with unexpected damage, please contact us within 48 hours after delivery. Your detailed description with photo(s) will help us to figure out the cause. We will be glad to replace or refund your item(s) if the fault is on our side. If your items were shipped by USPS Priority Mail or Priority Express Mail, they are covered by insurance. We encourage you to claim damage to the carrier which at least makes them aware of the issue that they should be responsible for and improve their services.
For non-plant items, you have 30 days to request a return after receiving your item. Again, please provide explanation and proof for your claim.
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