How to take begonia leaf cuttings

Do it:

Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep

Takes just:

one hour

Summer is the ideal time to take leaf cuttings from your houseplants. A single leaf can produce many young plants, and this technique is particularly useful for foliage plants such as Begonia rex.

You will need

  • Healthy begonia plant
  • Clean, sharp knife and cutting board
  • Pots
  • Free-draining compost, equal parts multi-purpose and perlite
  • Clear polythene bags


Remove a healthy leaf, lay it on the cutting board and, using a clean, sharp knife, cut it into pieces the size of a large stamp. Each portion should have a vein down its length.

Fill pots with compost. Push leaf pieces down into the compost, standing them upright as shown and ensuring that the cut vein comes into contact with the compost.

Water from above to settle the compost around the cuttings, then seal in a clear polythene bag and place in a warm, light position.

Leaf cuttings take several months to root and produce shoots. Once large enough to handle, pot them up individually.


Roots and new plants will develop from the vein at the base of each cutting. You can tease the pot of plantlets apart and grow them on separately or transplant them as a group to produce a bushier pot plant.

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