Propagating a tuberous begonia from cuttings

A whim; no more, no less.

I spotted some nice, low-growing side shoots on one of my tuberous begonias, so of course I have to see if I can get them to root.

This is the parent:

tuberous-begonia-parent

…and here are the cuttings:

tuberous-begonia-cuttings

I’ve probably done it all wrong because I only went and read up on the procedure after I’d taken the cuttings, so I didn’t know about including a heel of stem and an undamaged “eye” (still not sure what that is, but apparently it needs an eye to be able to shoot from the new tuber once it’s formed).

All I did, in my ignorance, was lop off the cuttings and poke them into a mix of seed and cuttings compost with some sand for extra drainage, water them in and put them in a covered tray in the coldframe*.

They probably need heat, mist, rooting hormone etc. etc., but eh. I’m not going to be heartbroken if they fail; as usual, I’ll just cross my fingers and hope for the best!

* I’ve since thought better of that and brought them inside. They’re now in a covered tray (cut-off clear plastic bottle as a cover) by my north-facing patio door, where they should get decent enough indirect light and night-time temperatures will be rather higher than outside.  They probably still won’t root, but they’ve got a slightly better chance, I reckon!

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Posted on July 28, 2013, in Techniques and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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