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.
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.
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.
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.
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.