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PROPAGATION SUCCESS

Duluth, GA(Zone 7b)

I took cuttings of some of my rex begonias when I first got them, placed them in Perlite, and now I've got tiny little plants. This was my first try at propagation and most of the cuttings grew. Thanks to hcmcdole suggesting that I do this. The question is when are the little plants to be potted up? Here's some of them.

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Duluth, GA(Zone 7b)

These are the first set of leaves that I placed in Perlite.

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Saugerties, NY(Zone 5a)

Great job....

New York, NY(Zone 6b)

Very informative. I just ordered and paid for 4 begonia plants yesterday and I will need to try the propagation method that you used eventually to expand my collection. I will be watching for updates on the leaves as they grow larger.
Thanks.

Powder Springs, GA(Zone 7b)

Annette, good job! You can move the small plantlets to a very small pot to begin with and when they fill that pot, move them to the next size, and so on. Have you started feeding them yet?

Duluth, GA(Zone 7b)

Thanks for the info Butch, not yet. I just bottom water the pan to prevent it from drying out. Are they ready for fertilizer now? I did get some Farfard Complete Potting Mix at the nursery after the ABS meeting, and it's got 4 month fertilizer in it. Would this be okay for potting them up? I would also add Perlite to the mix to keep it loose.

Powder Springs, GA(Zone 7b)

Feed them a weak water soluble fertilizer every week and they should be fine. Also if the potting mix has fertilizer in it then that should be good too. You shouldn't have to add perlite to your mix but it won't hurt either. Some use perlite up to 50/50 while others just use the mix the way it is.

Duluth, GA(Zone 7b)

Thanks Butch, I'm going to feed them weekly weakly. ;o) I also have 2 of the older plants with buds, can't wait to see them bloom. The Purple Curl is one of them. Guess they're enjoying living around the tub and the humidity in the bathroom.

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