New to Begonias but slowly making progress... :)

Chicago, IL(Zone 6a)

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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Chicago, IL(Zone 6a)

Begonia 'Fairy':

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Begonia 'Eagleshamm':

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Begonia soli-mutata:

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Begonia 'Black Fang':

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Begonia 'Joooles Moon':

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Begonia aridicaulis:

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Begonia burkillii:

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Begonia 'Red Planet':

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Begonia 'Susi':

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Begonia 'Texas Red Star':

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Begonia 'Boy Friend':

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Powder Springs, GA(Zone 7b)

Welcome to the world of craziness!

Looking good there - especially Dewdrop.

Chicago, IL(Zone 6a)

Well, thank you!

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

DeLand/Deleon Spring, FL(Zone 8b)

I like that Dewdrop too !! Very pretty..

Palm Bay, FL(Zone 9b)

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.

Chicago, IL(Zone 6a)

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...

DeLand/Deleon Spring, FL(Zone 8b)

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.

Chicago, IL(Zone 6a)

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.

Chicago, IL(Zone 6a)

Begonia 'Tom Ment':

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Begonia 'Fabulous Tom':

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

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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/

Palm Bay, FL(Zone 9b)

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.

DeLand/Deleon Spring, FL(Zone 8b)

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.

Chicago, IL(Zone 6a)

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.

DeLand/Deleon Spring, FL(Zone 8b)

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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Palm Bay, FL(Zone 9b)

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

Chicago, IL(Zone 6a)

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.

Palm Bay, FL(Zone 9b)

OK, Olaf. If I remember, I'l remind you in the spring. LOL
Thanks for your offer.
Eileen

Chicago, IL(Zone 6a)

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

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