Propagate Begonia from Cuttings

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I got these cuttings a few months ago for an asexual propagation lab for the horticulture class I was taking at the time. This was so easy! I know some people use rooting hormones for their cuttings, which I know some plants have to have, but I just stuck these in the dirt and watched them go! Taking that class was really the catalyst for me. Before, I didn’t even give plants a second thought! My husband always looked forward to spring so he could plant new flowers, but I just didn’t get it at the time. Now, I have dived head first into the world of plants and I can’t wait to see where it leads me.

To propagate your own cuttings, make sure you make a cut that has at least four nodes and is also at least 3-4 inches long. Strip the leaves from the bottom two nodes closest to the cut you made. You will plant the cutting deep enough that the soil covers the bottom two nodes. It took about 2 1/2 – 4 weeks for the cuttings to begin putting forth roots. I’ve just kept them well-watered and I transferred them to their own pots (jar in one case). They are thriving and slowly growing and one has even put forth two new leaves!

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