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Tropicals & Tender Perennials: Propagation from rhyzome?

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Alum Bridge, WV

December 28, 2011
8:19 PM

Post #8946093

Is it practical to propagate a begonia from a rhyzome cutting? If so, how is it done?
Powder Springs, GA
(Zone 7b)

December 29, 2011
4:58 AM

Post #8946302

Very practical. Cut a section of a healthy rhizome and either let the cut callous for a day or dust with a fungicide. Cut off older bigger leaves (you can propagate by leaves as well).

Prepare a clean pot of sterile media (I prefer perlite to begin with) and moisten. Place the rhizome on top of media and wiggle in slightly (do not bury). To speed up the process you can place a clear cover over the pot and place under lights or put near a window. Keep warm and you should see roots in a couple of weeks.

Here is a small tray of cuttings I did earlier this year.

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Alum Bridge, WV

December 29, 2011
8:25 PM

Post #8947177

I am very grateful for your advice. I knew about the propagation from leaves but in this case I have only a rhyzome and frankly didn't know what to do with it. Now I do! Thank you very much...

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