I just thought I would share another follow-up picture of my original tray of plants that were stripped down for their winter-time rejuvenation. They are definitely growing, some faster than others. And it's almost time to thin out the tray a little and give these guys a bit more room to spread their legs. I went through them again and took off all the buds. While I would love to see flowers right now, they need all their energy for root and leaf production.
This second photo is another tray that I just filled and domed. But instead of being stripped down, mature plants, these are babies freshly separated from their mommies. I tend to separate leaf babies when they are quite small. I feel like they definitely grow stronger and faster the earlier I can get them into their own pots. I almost always have a bit of root system on every baby, which means that within a week or two, I can begin a weak fertilizing regimen. I keep the dome on them for 4 weeks, just like the other plants. And within 6 weeks, they'll be all tangled together!
By Amy Cash-Allison
It's all about the violets! :-)