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Begonia Leaf Propagation

The title begonia refers to some big genus of flowering crops which are grown for decorative foliage and their colorful blooms. Some big-leafed types like angel-wing begonias and Rex are cultivated primarily for his or her leaves, which may be potted and snipped to propagate new plants. Begonia leaf propagation is a very efficient and basic method; in just several weeks emerges. As annuals, begonias may be grown practically everywhere without regard for the neighborhood U.S. Department of Agriculture hardiness zone.

Create a developing blend of half perlite and half potting soil. Before the perlite is dispersed through the soil stir the elements. Fill a 4 inch plastic pot with all the mixture.

Pour water to the pot to to be in the soil. Add water till it starts to trickle in the hole. Stick your finger to the soil; it should be reasonably moist at a 2 inch depth.

Locate a wholesome begonia leaf to use as a cutting. Sever the petiole, or leaf stem, around 1/2 to 1 inch from the base of Use tiny scissors or clear snips to sever the cutting.

Coat the severed end of the begonia leaf cutting in 0.1% IBA (indolebutyric acid) rooting hormone. Coat the suggestion of the petiole that is severed. Tap the petiole to dislodge the hormone that is excessive.

Insert the petiole to perlite combination and the soil. Press in it before the bottom of the leaf rests on the area. Press the planting medium in against the petiole to improve the contact and eliminate any air that is trapped.

Place the begonia leaf in the plastic bag big enough to to support it without touching or bending the leaf. Tuck the open-end of the bag underneath the pot to to keep in moisture.

Set the pot on a window sill providing vivid however diffused light through the day. Choose an area without direct sunlight throughout the afternoon, including an east-facing window.

Remove the bag every day or two to examine the dampness le Vel of the s Oil. Add water-only in the event the combination that is developing feels totally dry in the leading 1/2 inch. Drizzle the water on the soil round the foot of the leaf. Put the bag straight back set up after watering.

Watch for indications of progress that is renewed after potting the leaf cutting four to to 6 months. Poke one or two holes in the bag when new progress seems. Remove the bag completely following a plant and the first leaf shrivels seems in its place.

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