Seeds forum: Begonia luxurians starting from seed..

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Name: Myriam
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bonitin
Mar 1, 2011 4:32 AM CST
Hi,
Has anyone experience with it?

I have purchased seed from Begonia luxurians send from Brazil.
I have been searching on the web on how to get the best chances for germination but found contradicting info, some say to put the seeds in the dark or shade till germination has started, then others say to put them in the light at all times?
So I'm pretty confused! Confused I have no experience with starting Begonias from seed..

Thank you!
Myriam Smiling
Name: Karen
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kqcrna
Mar 1, 2011 5:19 AM CST

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I found one blurb here
http://cgi.ebay.com.sg/LUXURIANT-BEGONIA-Begonia-luxurians-x...

Another
http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:pPs3D6T...

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Name: Myriam
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bonitin
Mar 1, 2011 11:46 AM CST
Thanks for the links Karen! Smiling
I'm still insecure though whether to give them light or keep them in the dark until they germinate, I'll try it both ways and see what comes.. Rolling my eyes.
Name: Karen
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kqcrna
Mar 1, 2011 2:20 PM CST

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What I have usually found to hold true in seed starting (maybe not always, but usually...)
a tomato is a tomato is a tomato- what works for one type holds true for other tomatoes, too
a petunia is a petunia is a petunia
a begonia is a begonia is a begonia, etc.

Other begonias want light and good heat to germinate, so my guess would be that these do too. Assuming it is tiny like most begonia seeds, that would indicate surface sowing to me. And plenty of humidity (dome) and bottom heat.

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Name: Myriam
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bonitin
Mar 2, 2011 1:27 AM CST
Thanks Karen, I guess you must be right... Smiling And yes, the seeds are extremely tiny, more like dust!
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Joannabanana
Mar 5, 2011 6:37 PM CST
I like your advice Karen. I tip my hat to you.
Name: Allison
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Onewish1
Jul 11, 2011 5:45 PM CST

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would love to know how the seeds turned out
Name: Myriam
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bonitin
Jul 13, 2011 5:19 AM CST
Hi Allison!

I succeeded! Hurray!
I had sown them together with Begonia maculata another gorgeous Begonia I also had ordered at the time.

On 22nd February I sowed the first load B.luxurians. I had put them in a heated propagator keeping the temperature around 20-22 C..under an attack window for the light, I have no growing lights.
these came up 9th March = 15 days
The second load sown on 25th February came up the same day as the first load also on the 9th march=only 12 days!!
The third and last load was sown on 1st March and came up 15 March= 14 days

The next days more came up and I had around 60 very tiny hardly visible pin point seedlings! From these 12 survived from which 10 look strong and I think they will make it.
The biggest has leafs of about 4 cm long..

I have taken pictures and when I find them back in my folders will post a few if you like.. Smiling
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Name: Allison
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Onewish1
Jul 13, 2011 7:54 AM CST

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wow sounds like a lot of love & work.. would love to see pics!!!
Name: Myriam
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bonitin
Jul 13, 2011 10:25 AM CST
Some photos from today, I still have to find back photos from different stages in my many folders.. Smiling

They all vary in shape and size so far..
Thumb of 2011-07-13/bonitin/ed2528 Thumb of 2011-07-13/bonitin/8a1b0f
Thumb of 2011-07-13/bonitin/d91780 Thumb of 2011-07-13/bonitin/46175a
And Begonia maculata, some have strong spots, others less or smaller, the shape of leafs also vary..
Thumb of 2011-07-13/bonitin/0d2448 Thumb of 2011-07-13/bonitin/a7e6d0
Name: Allison
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Onewish1
Jul 13, 2011 10:31 AM CST

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huh.. leaf shapes are interesting... thanks for posting them!!.. they look great!!

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