An Alameda Garden: Propagation Month, Day 9: Rooting Begonia Leaves

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Propagation Month, Day 9: Rooting Begonia Leaves

I haven't tried this before. Begonias are supposedly quite easy to root from leaf cuttings, so here goes.

I took a leaf from a white begonia (not sure what kind) and made some cuts along the veins on the underside of the leaf with a sterile blade.

I then pinned the leaf (cut side down) onto a pot of moistened 50/50 perlite/potting soil mix and sealed it into a ziploc bag.

If all goes as it should, roots should form at the cuts with new little plantlets, and the old leaf should just decay away. Sounds too simple to be true. We'll see...

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  1. I think you're going to be pleasantly surprised.
    Some people even cut them into one inch pieces and start them in lots of pots, but what a ton of space to have to have.
    Good luck.

  2. This is very interesting...I will have to try it!

    I am loving your site by the way!

  3. I love your site!! I found it while looking for info on Begonia leaf propagation. How is your Begonia leaf doing?

  4. Dianne, I just checked the begonia leaf and so far, no roots. The leaf is starting to decompose, so I'm not sure if this is going to be successful. If it's not, I'll definitely try it again.

  5. Just for information, your plant is a Begonia masoniana var. maculata. Maculata means "spottet" :)
    It is a wonderful variation of Begonia and gets the most wonderful flowers :) Good luck with the propagation.

  6. Anonymous9:38 PM

    What happened to your leaf? Did you get little plantlets?

  7. Anonymous, I did get small roots starting to form but then some fungal disease wiped it all out. :(
    I want to try this again though.


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