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How to take begonia leaf cuttings

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
Do it: June - September
Takes just: 1 hour

Overview

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.


How to do it

Cutting a leaf into small pieces

1

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.


Planting cuttings

2

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.


Covering cuttings

3

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


Sprouting leaf cuttings

4

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


Adam's tip

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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Breda 24/11/2011 at 15:28

Is August a good time to take cuttings for the next season should I cover them with a plastic bag until they start to root and keep them watered ,in my mini green house or outside.

slumberflump 24/11/2011 at 15:28

can I use the same method on trailing Begonias

parsnips3 24/11/2011 at 15:29

This is a useful article. I'm keen to have a go.

I have a question... Last year I bought two trailing begonia corms. They flowered last summer and died off around Autumn. I then stored them over winter and re-planted them in spring this year. Neither of them grew over this summer but one of them started to grow leaves about 3 weeks ago and it is growing quite well now. What should I do? Keep it planted or store it? The other corm shows no life.

mandyh 24/11/2011 at 15:30

I have begonias out side in big potts, should i bring the tubers in after flowering and store them like daffodill bulbs?

daryl fleming 14/09/2012 at 12:01

can i take cuttings from tuberous begonias ?

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