Wednesday, February 17, 2010

How Cool Is That?

This violet decided to try something new and novel. If you look closely at the photos, the leaf produced the "baby" plants NOT from the end of the petiole (stem) but from right in the middle of the leaf. In one photo you can see the small roots from the babies starting out up on the "mother" leaf, not down at the bottom part of the stem that would be buried in the soil. (You can click on the photos to enlarge the view.)

This was sent in for us by Patty. We'll ask her to send in another photo as these new plants progress through their growth. I'm very interested to see what the babies will look like when they are ready to be separated and put in their own individual pots. I'm also curious to know if, like other "mother" leaves, will it continue to grow on even after the "babies" are separated from it.

Please comment on whether you have ever seen this happen when starting leaves before. The violet is called Persian Lace.

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