How To Count Leaf Rows (Whorls Of Leaves) On African Violet Plants?

How To Count Leaf Rows (Whorls Of Leaves) On African Violet Plants?
  • African Violet plants have leaves which grow outwards from the center stalk in a layered radial/circular pattern.
  • African Violets grow as a single crown (thick stem) plant, in a rosette shape.
  • The African Violet plant has a main stem/stalk and internodes which are short in size.
  • To learn more about rosette and trailing violets can read, “What are the Different Types of African Violet Plants?“.
  • The leaves of the African Violet plant grow flat and closer to the soil surface.
  • The leaves will start growing from the crown and then form layers of leaves around the crown in a circular pattern.
  • These leaves, grow in sets of 3 to form the rosette /circular pattern.
  • A single rosette African Violet plant can have as man as five symmetrical whorls of leaves tightly clustered at the base of the plant.
  • The blooms grow within the center of the African Violet plant.

Crown and Leaf Rows Of The African Violet Plant:

  • African Violet plants, can have 1-6 rows of symmetrical whorls of leaves.
  • The center set of leaves are known as the crown.
  • Below are pictures identifying the crown of the African Violet plant.
  • Below are pictures identifying the first row of leaves on African Violet plants.
  • The first row is the set of the first 3 leaves right outside of the crown.
  • Below are pictures identifying the second row of leaves on African Violet plants.
  • As the African Violet plant grows and matures, it starts to grow more rows of leaves from the crown.
  • Once the first row of leaves matures, they are pushed outwards and they now become the 2nd row of leaves.
  • As the crown leaves matures, they are pushed outwards and become the 1st row of leaves.
  • A new crown then starts to grow.
  • Below are pictures identifying the third row of leaves on African Violet plants.
  • As the African Violet plant continues to grow, it pushes out more and more sets of 3 leaves outwards.
  • This increases the diameter of the plant and the leaf span of the plant.
  • Below are pictures identifying the fourth row of leaves on African Violet plants.
  • Here we can see that the plant is busy at work putting out new sets of leaves.
  • The crown has generated 4 rows of leaves.
  • Below are pictures identifying the fifth row of leaves on African Violet plants.
  • As the African Violet plant grows, the 5th row of leaves which were once started from the crown, have now been pushed outwards and there are 4 new rows of leaves in the center.
  • These 5th row of leaves are considered as the older leaves on the plant.
  • Below are pictures identifying the sixth row of leaves on African Violet plants.
  • An African Violet can maintain maximum 3-5 rows of leaves, depending upon whether they are miniature, semi-miniature or standard in size.
  • Can learn more about African Violet plant sizes here, “What are the Different Sizes of African Violet Plants?“.
  • The 6th row of leaves are much older and will soon need to be removed, to maintain a rosette swirl pattern.
  • Over time, the 5th or 6th row of leaves, will become shriveled, limp or loose color.
  • This is when you know its time to remove these older leaves and allow the crown to put out a new set of healthy leaves.
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