In September I took a leaf from my Begonia 'Freddie' cut it up into wedges and inserted them into moist vermiculite which was enclosed in a clear shoe box container. I had them in my greenhouse and they did nothing except root. There were no new babies. On January 1 I decided to bring them into the house and put them under my lights. On the 8th I noticed a new baby plant attached to one of the wedges. Yesterday I noticed a second one. I guess it pays to never give up.
Freddie has reproduced.
Dude you are right. I have set pots aside that look like soil tops. Then when I think to use the pot time and time again there is life. Sometimes I am pleased to see that happen if the tag was still with the pot. Other than that it is a mystery plant I nuture from that point. At least I know it is a begonia coming up. What surprises me the soil is bone dry, so I just spritz it.
Same here Dude. I rooted 3 wedges of Freddie a few months ago and still no pups but the wedges are as green as the day I put them in perlite. That happened to me before with a beefsteak - rooted in fall and did not pup until spring. Patience is sometimes rewarded - good job by the way!
I know it is elementary now, but until I realized it to put a drip pan under the Perlite pan. I wasn't having success either. I had not made any holes in the Perlite pan. My plants were always drying out. The plants just crashed and burned. I have lost some really unusal begonias that way. It would be luck to have them again. I am having much better success with propagating with Perlite. Don't know if that is your issue but it solved alot of mine.
Yes I couldn't keep it wet enough. It would dry out too fast. In an enclosed environment the vermiculite seems to consistantly hold moisture.