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Propagation of Begonia luxurians

Posted by mark4321 9b CA Sunset 15 (My Page) on
Sun, Aug 30, 09 at 19:56

Hi,

I have a couple small B. luxurians plants and I'd like to propagate them.

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I was pleasantly surprised to learn that this species can be propagated using leaf cuttings (see for example http://www.bradsbegoniaworld.com/prop.htm ), so I don't have to chop off half the plant.

Leaf cuttings of course would be a bit big, but I understand I can trim these down. I also understand that the portions that are removed can themselves be used as cuttings if they have a main vein. In B. luxurians these outer pieces would correspond to the leaflets--and there are many--10+ per leaf.

So I'm curious if I can indeed use the leaflets to propagate these plants. If so, roughly how long would it take for them to root? How about the cutting that contains the petiole?

Thanks


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RE: Propagation of Begonia luxurians

I went ahead and took cuttings--the smallest (and oldest) leaf from each plant. I cut the leaflets partly off, which reduced the size of the leaves considerably, to about 2 1/2 or 3 inches. I reduced the petioles to about 1 1/2 inches. I used the cut off leaflets as cuttings as well--we'll see. I'll try to remember to post any results.

Begonia luxurians cuttings

I'm still curious whether anyone either thinks (educated guesses are certainly welcome) or knows from experience whether this will work. I'm also curious of how long it might take to get roots from either the cuttings that contain the petiole or the leaflet cuttings.

Thanks.


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RE: Propagation of Begonia luxurians

Hi Mark,

I dont your answer to your question, but am curious to see if it works... Please keep us updated..Barb


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RE: Propagation of Begonia luxurians

How did the Begonia cuttings work Mark?


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RE: Propagation of Begonia luxurians

Cuttings of the "leaflets" died.

Cuttings of a "pared down" leaf grew a root or two, but never lived.

Stem cuttings were easy.


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