Rex begonias and their fabulous foliage is a beautiful sight when sprinkled throughout a garden. They look great indoors as well. We have a small collection that we started in the winter months from Hyams and Logee’s. There are several more I’d love to get from Logee’s but for now I’m going to focus on expanding the collection we currently have and enjoy.
I looked through a few tutorials, some called for rooting hormone and others didn’t. For this exercise I dipped half of the leaves in rooting hormone and left the other half alone. I have no idea how well I’ll do with these (I had pretty good success with fibrous rex stem cuttings this winter) and I’ll post updates when noticeable changes happen. Any feedback/ideas are welcomed.
What I needed to complete the project:
- Sterile scissors or razor – I ended up using my scissors for all cutting steps
- Rex begonia leaves
- Soil is a mixture of 1 part peat moss : 1 part Perlite
- Rooting Hormone – optional
- Container to cover/tent the plants
Choose (healthy) leaves. A couple of mine may be a little suspect. The ideal leaves are mature leaves, but not too old.
Trim the outer edges.
Cut 2-4 wedges per leaf. If using rooting hormone, dip them at this point.
Plant the leaves in the peat moss/Perlite mixture. The leaves with the rooting hormone are in the two containers on the left.
Cover the plants and keep them in a brightly lit area, but away from direct sunlight. Keeping them covered will allow them to stay moist, with seldom if ever watering needed.
Once new growth appears (can take up to six weeks) the cover may come off and the plants are to be watered sparingly. Depending on the pot size they may not need to be transplanted for a while.