Dividing African Violets

by Deena · 16 comments

in Container Gardening

self propagated African Violet

The blue pen is pointing to one of two African Violet plants in this pot.

As promised, here’s the ins and outs of dividing an African Violet which has self propagated. This pot started with a single plant…and now there are 2. One on the left…

…and one on the right.

self propagated African Violet

Now the magic pen is pointing at the 2nd mini African Violet plant on the right.

When this happens, these crowded plants need to be divided…so you get MORE plants to either add to your collection or share with someone else.

First you need to get this whole plant and it’s root ball out of its little container. If you don’t know how…check out my previous post on re-potting African Violets for details on trimming excess foliage and removing from pot.

Then, come right back and we’ll keep going!

Once your plant has been taken out of its pot, you can look under the leaves and see where the main stems for each of the plants comes out of the soil.

african violet needing dividing

Can you see each of the individual plants?

Looks like we need to divide this right down the middle of the root ball. Use a serrated knife and cut right through the soil, between the stems, all the way down.

dividing african violets

You’re not going to hurt it! Slice down through the root ball, between the 2 main stems.

Now you’ve got 2 separate plants…so you’ll need an extra pot to go along with the one you just emptied :)

divided african violets

So, here are your 2 baby plants.

Again, go have a look at “Re-potting African violets” to refresh your memory on putting these guys back in a pot.

And then you’ll have this…

2 small african violets

Here are your babies…free to grow independently and possibly make some babies of their own.

Sometimes there are even more than 2 plants in a single container. Just carefully cut between all the stems to separate each plant.

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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Beryl Molyneux September 21, 2011 at 1:30 am

Thanks Deena. Very clear instructions. I now have 2 very happy looking african violets instead of one very crowded one. I put small pebbles in the dish underneath the plant pot and put in just enough water to almost cover the pebbles….


Deena September 25, 2011 at 6:55 pm

Great to hear Beryl!!!!!!!


Kathy Anderson January 19, 2012 at 12:36 pm

Wonderful instructions and so easy to follow.
Thank you!


Meredith April 20, 2013 at 3:16 pm

Hi! Great post, this visual learner really appreciates the photos. Is there a time of year that’s better or worse for doing the splitting? And should soil be damp or dry? Thanks for the tips, I’m looking at 5 double plants right now that need some attention.


Deena April 29, 2013 at 7:51 pm

I actually am not sure if there is a better time of year to divide violets, but I usually do it in the spring. And it is much easier to do when the soil is damp…learned that from experience! Thanks for commenting!


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I tried to divide my african violets and the root coming from the plant is a long white one that is about 1/2 inch thick. How do I cut that and do I take a little off the bottom of it? There are a few regular roots below it. I just didn’t see anything like this in your photos. Also, I love this site. Wish I had discovered it sooner. Right now, I am looking at all of it. Thanks for clear pictures and great directions that I can even follow!


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