The houseplant that blooms year-round to add beautiful color inside when the landscape outside is gray is the African Violet. Growing and propagating them is much easier than you might imagine.
A few years ago, a neighbor received a basket of three small violet plants for Mother's Day. She admitted that she didn't have a thumb of any color resembling green, and consequently, without adequate water, light or care, the three plants shriveled up and died. Or maybe not. When she said she would be throwing them out, I asked if I could attempt to bring them back to life. She gave me and them her blessing, and I brought them home and loved them back to health.
As the three plants recovered, I realized that there were multiple plants in the pots. When they had reached sufficient health for me to risk it, I carefully separated them and kept the eight strongest plants. I then increased that number by starting new plants. The photo at the top shows all eight of the original plants in flower.
In this instructional I explain how to care for African Violets and how to begin new plants from a single leaf. The fourth photo is of plants started this way and which are just beginning to set buds.
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