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Propagating Begonia – By Seed, Cutting or Parts

Propagating Begonia - By Seed, Cutting or Parts

Begonias are awakening a passion for collecting among more and more hobby gardeners. Because the joy of successfully creating two or more plants from one plant stimulates the green thumb.

Most begonia varieties can be propagated. Here I show what options are available.

The three methods of propagating begonias at a glance:

  • sowing
  • cuttings
  • tuber division

Propagating begonias by seed

The sowing, so much in advance, is the most tedious way to propagate begonias. It requires patience and is not that promising. One gram of seed contains up to 60,000 seeds! But few rise.

As light germination, the seeds are only lightly pressed into loose seed soil. Don’t let it dry out. A plant lamp supports the seeds, which need a lot of light.

Cuttings – the proven method of propagating begonias

Propagating begonias is easier and faster with cuttings. Because in water or moist growing soil they root without any problems at high humidity and about 20° C (68F). This is how it works with the cuttings.

  • Cut shoots from the mother plant at a length of about 10 cm (3.9 inches)
  • remove all but the top two leaves
  • Cut these two leaves cleanly – do not tear them out
  • Cover a glass of water with cling film
  • poke several holes
  • Push the stems of the cuttings through

This way the cuttings get enough water and the leaves stay dry. After a few days, tender roots form. After four weeks they are the right size to plant in pots. Proper care is now the be-all and end-all. This includes a bright, warm, damp place and weekly moistening with a spray bottle.

A more difficult variant is to multiply with leaf cuttings. For this, you have to scratch the main leaf vein several times. Then place the leaf on moist potting soil and weigh it down with some soil or a small stone so that it stays in the ground.

Stretch a hood or foil over the cuttings and keep them warm and moist. Then wait until the young plants sprout from the interfaces.

Propagate begonia tubers simply by dividing

To propagate begonia tubers, simply divide a tuber. Each part
must have at least one eye. The divided tubers are placed in pots with substrate and kept warm and moist until they sprout.

Tips 

Whether you are a beginner or a professional – if you want to propagate begonias, the following applies: it is worth trying – because begonias are relatively easy to propagate and grow quickly.

I studied horticulture at the University of Guelph and in my free time I plant everything that has roots on a piece of land. The topic of self-sufficiency and seasonal nutrition is particularly close to my heart. Favorite fruit: quince, corner, and blueberry Favorite vegetables: peas, tomatoes, and garlic