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noexpguy
Nov 21, 2014 10:43 AM CST
Hi. Please help me. I recently started or found a green thumb. One day a friends friend cut a piece of a plant off and said here. I took it home. My roomie was going to care for it. I found it in her room after she moved. All dried up in a cup. I took it and its been in the cup its in now of water for about 8 months now. It has actually started growing last couple months. I dnt know what to do or when or how to plant it. Pls any advice would be great. Im on a mission to save it. Thx.

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springcolor
Nov 21, 2014 11:17 AM CST
A cane begonia. Type that into our data base and see if there is a match.
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plantladylin
Nov 21, 2014 11:17 AM CST
Hi noexpguy, Welcome! to All Things Plants!

To my old eyes, the lovely plant in your photo appears to be a Cane Begonia (Begonia coccinea) Begonia's require bright, indirect light (no direct sun which will scorch the leaves) and a well draining potting medium. Keep the soil moist but not soaking wet to avoid root rot.

I've never had much luck with cuttings transitioning from water to soil but many folks do it all the time. Hopefully others who are begonia growers will pop in with some helpful advice.
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Calif_Sue
Nov 21, 2014 1:51 PM CST

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Nov 21, 2014 4:51 PM CST
I've rooted lots of begonia cuttings like that, starting in water until there are lots of roots, then into potting soil. So get yourself about a 6in.(or a deep gallon size would be fine) pot and a bag of potting soil. So you don't break off any roots when you pot it into soil, moisten the soil first, then put handfuls in around the cutting, and water it down so that it gently flows around the roots. Don't pack the soil down. Just keep filling the pot with soil until all the roots are covered, and maybe a little way up the stem. I do this in the sink, as some soil will flow through the drain holes. You can put a paper towel over the drain to keep the soil from clogging your drain.

This will probably get to be a big plant, so be prepared for it to need a bigger pot before next summer. You can grow it outside, somewhere shady once the nights are staying over 50 deg. or so. They do like to stay pretty moist, especially in hot summer weather.
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