Leaf cuttings, the other method of plant propagation we are going to discuss here, are made in several different ways. African Violets and Gloxinia and a number of other plants are propagated by cutting a leaf at the point it joins the stem and setting it in the starting mixture. Within a few weeks, roots will have grown at the point of the cut. It should then be transplanted into your regular potting mixture. In making leaf cuttings the slips should be treated in the same fashion as described above for stem cuttings.
Sansevieria and other plants having long pointed foliage are propagated by cutting the leaves into four-inch sections and setting them right end up in the starting mixture. Roots will form at the lower cut.
Rex Begonia is a popular house plant propagated still a different way. With this plant, use a razor to makes cuts across the heavy veins on the underside of a leaf, then place the leaf face up on the starting mixture using toothpicks or pins to assure contact with the soil. New plants will form at the cuts.
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