Kinda growing

Day sixteen of Becky’s Square Photo Challenge for October: Kindasquare

I was chatting to Becky the other day and I said I was going to do a bit of Begonia propagation the next day. One thing lead to another and Becky asked if I would do a blog about how I do the propagation and grow Begonias. I remembered to take my camera and here is a bit about how I go about getting more plants for little effort.

All you need is:
1 A tray of some sort which drains. I use a foam tray from the green grocer.
2 A very sharp knife
3 Seed raising soil mix
4 Some Begonia leaves. These can be obtained from friends with Begonias if you don’t have any of your own, or somewhere where you can pinch off a leaf or two. Ask at the Nursery and sometimes they may let you take one.

Here is the tray of soil. Smooth out the ridges to make the soil level.

Get a selection of leaves or just one or two to start. Leaves from Tree Begonias don’t seem to work with leaf cuttings. They are better getting a piece of the underground part of the root system which can look like a Ginger plant.

Make sure your knife is sharp and select a leaf to start.

Make a cut into the main vein of the leaf making sure you don’t cut all the way through the leaf.

Or alternatively you can cut a slice from the stem

Making a couple of slices in the leaf can result in a number of plants

I also get leaf cuttings from my favourite Peperomia, the Emerald Ripple, Peperomia caperata using the same method.

Give the soil a bit of a watering to make it damp not soggy. Place the leaves on the soil using a bit of the soil or a small stone to ensure the leaf where the cuts have been made are in contact with the soil.

Here is some plants from last seasons leaf cuttings. The large group in the middle yielded three new plants and the one at the bottom two plants from one leaf.

Out of the tray and into small pots to grow

Soon they will be a lovely show of flowers in Spring

and you’ll have a lot of plants

Here’s some squares so I won’t get into trouble