Always take a leaf from the second or third row of leaves when propagating African violets. Why? The center leaves are too young and immature and beyond the third row of leaves, the leaves become weak and may not produce babies. Leaves from the second row, possibly the third row are mature, vigorous, and more likely to produce healthy babies in less time.
Preparing a Leaf:
Prepare a 2 ½ inch pot or other small container. Place good African violet soil less mix in it. Water the mix. With a pencil, make a hole then place the leaf stem in the mix. Sometimes leaves grow roots then start to grow larger themselves rather than making babies. In order to keep them from doing this you can cut the top part off the leaf. Plant the leaf at an angle. A name tag may be placed inside the pot to record information.
Preparing new stem diagram by Alana