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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 17, 2011
1:14 PM

Post #8894432

I am new to Begonias, just started with some leaves and cuttings this past Spring.

After a few mishaps in the beginning, I now have the first few success stories to report.

Maybe some other Begonia newbies want to share their first successes as well... :)

Olaf

Begonia 'Dewdrop'. Started as a little rhizome cutting this past April.

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 17, 2011
1:14 PM

Post #8894434

Begonia 'Fairy':

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 17, 2011
1:15 PM

Post #8894435

Begonia 'Eagleshamm':

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 17, 2011
1:15 PM

Post #8894438

Begonia soli-mutata:

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 17, 2011
1:15 PM

Post #8894439

Begonia 'Black Fang':

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 17, 2011
1:16 PM

Post #8894440

Begonia 'Joooles Moon':

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 17, 2011
1:16 PM

Post #8894441

Begonia aridicaulis:

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 17, 2011
1:16 PM

Post #8894442

Begonia burkillii:

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 17, 2011
1:17 PM

Post #8894443

Begonia 'Red Planet':

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 17, 2011
1:17 PM

Post #8894444

Begonia 'Susi':

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 17, 2011
1:18 PM

Post #8894445

Begonia 'Texas Red Star':

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 17, 2011
1:18 PM

Post #8894447

Begonia 'Boy Friend':

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hcmcdole
Powder Springs, GA
(Zone 7b)

November 17, 2011
2:00 PM

Post #8894508

Welcome to the world of craziness!

Looking good there - especially Dewdrop.
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 17, 2011
2:13 PM

Post #8894529

Well, thank you!

Can't wait for the craziness to kick into high gear! :)

mjsponies

mjsponies
DeLand/Deleon Spring, FL
(Zone 8b)

November 17, 2011
2:18 PM

Post #8894536

I like that Dewdrop too !! Very pretty..
imadigger
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

November 18, 2011
11:20 AM

Post #8895681

Nice begonias, Olaf. You seem to have a variety of interesting plants. I just received some begonia canes in the mail yesterday. I've never grown cane begonia before, so this is very new to me. I got Compte de la Lucerna, Sophie Cecile, Torch,and Red Dragon. Right now I have them in water trying to root them. I'm hoping to put them in the garden in the Spring. I have the perfect spot for them.
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 18, 2011
2:18 PM

Post #8896019

Thanks Eileen! :)

'Sophie Cecile' is beautiful. I love that one. I grow 'Lana' which is very similar and just got tested for frost hardiness by accident... OOOPS!!! LOL

I'll post a pic as soon as I have treated the plant and potted it up...

mjsponies

mjsponies
DeLand/Deleon Spring, FL
(Zone 8b)

November 18, 2011
3:29 PM

Post #8896068

imadigger, most of the cane's are "cut N poke" Plants. I don't even bother with any kind of Rooting Hormone. Mine are in the ground, and get knocked back by frost/freeze and come right back up. They actually do better in just a bit more sun. The ones I had in too much shade did not bloom, Grew like gangbuster's but no flower's. The ones with Morning Sun/afternoon shade did much better bloom wise.
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 18, 2011
4:05 PM

Post #8896106

All they really need is a little bit of sun, plenty of water while growing and they can take quite a bit more food than a rhizomatous Begonia. Particularly when grown potted.
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 18, 2011
4:18 PM

Post #8896125

Begonia 'Tom Ment':

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 18, 2011
4:19 PM

Post #8896127

Begonia 'Fabulous Tom':

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 18, 2011
4:19 PM

Post #8896128

Begonia 'Medora'. Sorry for the bad pic...

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 18, 2011
5:04 PM

Post #8896175

Oh, and not to toot my own horn (I know, right? LOL) but that's my photostream on flickr:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/flowerfreak/
imadigger
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

November 18, 2011
7:09 PM

Post #8896288

mjsponies, should I just stick the cuttings in pots to root? Or would putting them in the ground be better. We shouldn't really get freezing temps. but we had them the last two winters. The leaves are so pretty, I wouldn't like to loose them.

mjsponies

mjsponies
DeLand/Deleon Spring, FL
(Zone 8b)

November 18, 2011
11:25 PM

Post #8896476

bsimpson- your little "Toms'' are adorable. How big do those get ?

Imadigger:

I would do them in pots, then you can plant out next spring.
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 19, 2011
5:25 AM

Post #8896596

Thanks, mjsponies! 'Tom Ment' is one of the parents of 'Fabulous Tom' and both are on the smaller side and make nice hanging baskets.

Eileen: Always make sure that any plant you plan on putting into your yard has a well established root system. It's much easier to get a cutting established in a pot than it is in the ground. Additionaly, it's much easier to prevent disease and rot in a controlled environment like a pot that you have indoors.

mjsponies

mjsponies
DeLand/Deleon Spring, FL
(Zone 8b)

November 19, 2011
5:28 AM

Post #8896598

ya know I've got this one and it looks alot like those "Toms'
This one only get's about 12 in. tall...

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imadigger
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

November 19, 2011
5:51 AM

Post #8896663

Today my begonia cuttings are going into pots. I just hope they root. After looking thru the posts on this forum, I see another addiction heading my way. LOL
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 19, 2011
6:54 AM

Post #8896704

That's how it always starts... LOL

Canes usually root within days when they're soft and within a few weeks when they're a bit more woody. If the woody part should show signs of rot, just cut everything woody off and start again with the green part. Once rooted, they resume growth very quickly. Pinching encourages bushier growth.

Once established in the pots, you can plant them outdoors when the weather is right. Canes grown in the ground can get a bit weedy but they are easy to control and you'll have plenty of cuttings/divisions to give away. :)

Oh, I can send you a cutting of 'Lana' in Spring. This is ONE TOUGH cane that's always full of pink flowers.
imadigger
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

November 19, 2011
7:08 AM

Post #8896715

OK, Olaf. If I remember, I'l remind you in the spring. LOL
Thanks for your offer.
Eileen
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 19, 2011
7:44 AM

Post #8896751

Not a problem! We'll work on that in Spring... LOL

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