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Cai I induce dormancy in rex begonia?

Posted by BlueZamia 4b (My Page) on
Sun, Sep 18, 11 at 16:07

How can I reduce bulk on a Rex begonia (zodiac series) to carry it cross country? I am moving from Minneapolis to Washington DC in late October. Would I need to put it in carry-on, or could I put it in stowed luggage or slow moving truck.

My initial plan was to take root cuttings & hope for the best. This will work for succulents & hoyas I think)
Second thought, Reduce watering, wrap in bubble plastic, pack in cardboard box & hope for best.
Final thought, give it away to someone who will keep it alive.
I have a 10 year old ponytail palm (single stem, never trimmed) that I will also dearly miss. Afraid it will freeze & split)

Any suggestions greatly appreciated.


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RE: Cai I induce dormancy in rex begonia?

You can put it in a suitcase or carry on. Reduce the root ball and clip the oldest leaves if they are oversized. Put the plant in a baggie with the rootball wrapped in damp newspaper or paper towels to keep dust to a minimum.

You can also take the cut leaves in a plastic bag if you wish to start more.

Convention attendees bring back dozens of begonias in suitcases both in carry on and in checked bags without too many problems (some spilled soil, some broken leaves, maybe a decapitated stem but these can always be used to start more).


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RE: Cai I induce dormancy in rex begonia?

Too late to help with your question but if you're interested in begonias, be sure to look up the Potomac branch of the American Begonia Society!

Here is a link that might be useful: American Begonia Society


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