Propagate A Begonia Plant - Knowledgebase Question

Three Lakes, Wi
Question by keckeisenk1
October 11, 2010
I Have 2 Beautiful Hanging Begonia Plants And Would Like To No How To Propagate Off Of Through Plants To Make More Hanging Plants For Next Year. Can You Help?


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Answer from NGA
October 11, 2010

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If you have tuberous or angel wing begonias, rather than the fibrous rooted bedding begonias, there are several methods you can try.

According to the American Begonia Society, tuberous begonias can be started from seed, stem cuttings, leaf cuttings or from tuber sections. Tuberous begonia plants go dormant in the fall. When all the leaves have fallen off, dig up the tubers. They will need to be stored for the winter.

When the tubers are dry, snap them off into divisions. Small tubers have 2 or 3 stems, while larger ones have 3 to 6 stems. The American Begonia Society?s Brad Thompson says that tubers can be sectioned ?like potatoes with at least one eye per section.? This eye may also be referred to as a bud.

Dust witha fungicide to prevent rot and allow the wounded tuber sections to heal a few days.

Place tubers in a jar or sealed container and keep in a cool, dark place. Temperatures should hover between 40 and 50 degrees F.

In the spring, when the eyes begin to sprout, plant your begonia tubers in moistened potting soil.

Enjoy!

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