angel-winged begonia cuttings in water?

vsjo(z7GA)October 30, 2004

My angel-winged begonia has long stems - dropped some leaves and flowers when I brought it indoors. I want to cut it back and root the cuttings. Is there anything special I need to do? How much stem goes into the water? Should all leaves and/or flowers be removed from the cuttings? Will the original plant sprout back if I cut it very short? Is the angel-winged the same as dragon-winged? I have just heard of that one and wonder if it is just another name for the angel-winged. Thanks.

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sahm2Jordan(z8 Coastal NC)

Hi! I'm not an expert on begonias or anything but I'd really suggest rooting them in soil. I tried to root begonias in water and they all rotted. I tried cuttings from the same plant in soil and 4 out of 5 started rooting overnight. The last one took 2 days. I also just recieved about a dozen begonia cuttings in trade and put them in soil. Over half began rooting overnight and the others have all started now and it has been since thurs. If you find that your cutting starts to wilt just put a clear plastic bag over for a 'greenhouse' effect and it should perk right up. ;)


    Bookmark   October 30, 2004 at 11:36PM
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sahm2Jordan(z8 Coastal NC)

I would remove all flowers and just leave 1 set of leaves.


    Bookmark   October 31, 2004 at 1:08PM
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Begoniac(z10 FL)

Cane stems root easily in water. Two nodes in the water should be sufficient, but pot them up as soon as they develop 1/4" roots.

    Bookmark   October 31, 2004 at 5:47PM
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Begoniac(z10 FL)

Forgot to add...they will root without removing flowers and leaves. I always remove the flowers anyway, since they begin to look ratty pretty quickly, but I only remove damaged leaves. Sometimes I just cut the damaged part off and leave the rest of the leaf. They used to tell us to remove leaves, but they found that it's best to leave them on.

    Bookmark   October 31, 2004 at 7:20PM
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singnfool(7a Oklahoma)

I agree with you, Begoniac. I have started cuttings in water twice, now, and have not removed more than a couple of leaves at the base of the cutting so that there would be more area to root. My problem with putting them in soil right away is that I tend to over-water them and the potting soil gets mildewy. . . the angel-wing begonias I have are pretty tough and have lived through my over-pampering - thankfully. Begoniac, do you suggest any certain type of potting soil? Maybe that would help some of us to root our cuttings better!

    Bookmark   October 31, 2004 at 10:04PM
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mingtea(z9 Tucson)

as a rule, i always like to use a lighter potting soil. mixing in perlite will help. alternately, if you have a humid environment, you can root in straight perlite/vermiculite mix and then move to a heavier mix. bottom heat helps, but i don't use it. canes with predominantly silver or pink leaves ('Maurice Amey,' 'Sinbad' etc.) are a bit more finicky than others and require a more humid environment. if you've had a rot experience, you all know not to overwater.


    Bookmark   October 31, 2004 at 11:04PM
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I'll just add my two cents. I've been successful rooting canes in water so I ordered cane cuttings from Lauray's of Salisbury. (She sells 50% off price for cuttings) Well, I lost "Nora Hanson" trying to water root but will have to say, I lost my nerve and just potted the rest of the cuttings in 50% AV soil and 50% perlite and they practically rooted overnight.

Good luck with yours. They're my very favorite plant these days!

    Bookmark   November 1, 2004 at 11:37AM
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