Leaf cuttings
Some plants can be propagated from their leaves. Notable among these are African violets [Saintpaulia), Cape primroses [Streptocarpus), and begonias (Begonia). The new plants will develop cither from the base of the leaf (the real petiole) or from one of the veins that runs across the leaves. The compost should be a mixture of multipurpose compost and sharp sand (roughly two parts to one part). The addition of sand makes rotting less likely.
African violets are easily propagated by removing a couple of leaves from the parent plant with the stalk attached and then inserting the stalk of each real into a small pot of cutting compost, so that the base of the leaf touches the compost. Cover the pot with an upturned clear plastic bottle or plastic bag and
leave in a warm place, out of direct sunlight. Small plantlets will form at the base of the leaves. Once I hey grow large enough, you can remove the plantlets and plant them individually. Some succulents, such as crassulas {Crassula), can be propagated in the same way by removing a couple of leaves from the parent plant, but you should allow a clay or so for the wound to callus over before inserting each leaf into the cutting compost.
Larger leaves, such as those of cape primroses, can be cut into sections to be used for propagation. Plantlets will form where the cut surface of a vein is in contact with the compost (see below). To keep the leaf cuttings moist, cover the tray or pot with a clear plastic bag and seal. Alternatively, all types of leaf cutting can be rooted in a propagating case.
It is possible to propagate some plants by cutting and planting their
leaves in a pot or tray of compost. New plantlets grow from either the base of
the leaf or the veins that run across it. Cape primrose {Streptocarpus) is shown here.
Lay the leaf upside down. Use a sharp knife to cut along the leaf close to the fleshy midrib, to leave two sections of leaf Hade. Discard the midrib.
1f you are dealing with particularly long leaf strips, cut them into halves or thirds so that they will/it comfortably into a tray or pot of compost.
Insert the strips so that the cut surface is just below the top of the compost. Lightly firm the compost, water, and leave on a warm windowsill or in a propagator.

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2 Responses to

  1. Greenfingers says:

    I do believe you can do leaf cutting in other leaf-propagating plants right? If my assumption is correct, please do give an update or pictures and that would be very helpful to all gardeners like me. Nice post buddy! Hope you could update this up asap! Thanks for sharing!

  2. James says:

    Thanks, I will come back soon!

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