I saw this photo of african violet leafs and just wanted to ask if it is really possible to propagate them this way. If anyone tried it and if it works enter image description here

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    This is the standard way propagate them. See the section on leaf cuttings here: rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=942.
    – alephzero
    Jan 20, 2019 at 9:57
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    What type of soil can I use and how often should I water them? Jan 20, 2019 at 10:57
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    Read the instructions in the link - any free draining compost will do. Note you should put them in a plastic bag so they don't lose too much water through evaporation from the leaves, so after you first plant them they don't need any watering at all until they start to grow and you remove the bag.
    – alephzero
    Jan 20, 2019 at 19:10

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Yes, it works. Use any type of soil that has a loose touch because the plants need some oxygen in it and if it's too compact it will keep only water without air.

Water only when the soil is completely dry, not dry only at the surface. As a personal note, I wouldn't burry all the leaf stem because they are sensitive to overwatering and rot easily.

I burry only 2 cm of the stem and works well. At the lower end of the stem, new roots and a new rosette of leaves will be formed. You can use transparent plastic cups to see better if the soil is still moist in the middle part. Make drainage holes on the bottom for easier management. Don't make drainage holes if you are absolutely sure you won't overwater.

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