Propagation forum: Leaf Propagation Rex Begonia

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Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Aug 29, 2012 9:01 PM CST
I posted on the Houseplant site but posting here because it has to do with propagation. The leaves I have set in perlite/potting soil seem to be rotting away after only 2 days. I followed the instructions on a website. Anyone familiar with leaf propagating Rex begonia?

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purpleinopp
Sep 7, 2012 1:26 PM CST
They don't look too bad to me. It's been a few days, how's it going?
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Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Sep 10, 2012 8:37 PM CST
They all rotted. Thumbs down I need the full big leaf instead of the trimmed one, I think?
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Name: Pauline
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paulinepdm
Sep 14, 2012 5:17 AM CST
Hey did you all see the Martha Stewart article on propagating Begonias, nice info/pictures:
http://www.themarthablog.com/2012/09/leaf-layering-a-good-wa...
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woofie
Sep 14, 2012 12:20 PM CST
I never had any luck trying to root begonia leaves either. Bet that layer of perlite in the Martha Stewart article helps to keep things moist without overwatering. The article also doesn't show covering them. Seems like begonias would just as soon rot as look at you. Hilarious!
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