The following experiment is a fun and easy way to see the effects of plant hormones on a plant by growing an new plant from a simple leaf cutting
These are the materials needed to grow your own plant:
-African violet leaf*
-Bottle or jar
-Water-soluble plant fertilizer (an general fertilizer will do, we used 20-20-20)
*Other plants can be used like: Peperomia, and Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera bridgesii)
Take a pinch of fertilizer and put in the bottle or jar you are using.
Be sure not to touch fertilizer with your hands, use a spoon!
HAVE AN ADULT HELP YOU!
Fill the container with water.
Fit a small piece of aluminum foil over the top of the container
Make a small hole where the leaf will fit in.
ASK FOR AN ADULT’S ASSISTANCE! Now take a sharp knife and cut a leaf close to the stem of the plant.
Stick the leaf in the hole that you made in the aluminum foil.
Make sure that just the cut tip of the leaf is submerged in the water and be sure to maintain the water level so that the leaf tip is always submerged.
Roots will begin to grow in about 3 weeks from the tip of the cut leaf
The leaf and roots are now ready plant in a pot of their own!!!!