Rooting Begonias

You can root cane type begonias by cutting the tips of the branches.

Once the cuttings are taken you stick the cuttings in moist porous soil for rooting.

When the cuttings are rooted simply pot them up and allow them to grow.

Cane type begonias are easy to root, and now is a good time to take these cutting and root outdoors in a cool shady place. Often times too, they can be rooted in water. I hope this blog will explain an easy way to root these cuttings outdoors. First, I use tips of the stems to root. While they can be snipped off, I like to break them off for rooting. Once they are cut or broken off, I stick the cut ends in a rooting stimulator and tap off the excess powder. Once this is done I usually cut the leaves in half and stick the cuttings in a good porous soil that is well drained and water well. The container of cuttings is placed in a cool shady location outside. I water the cuttings daily, and in three to four weeks roots should appear. Once they have rooted I leave them a while longer to make sure they have a good root structure. Once rooted, I gently lift then out of the rooting medium and pot them up and allow them to grow into new small plants. This is a great way to over winter plants that are simply too big to move inside, or take a cutting of a friend’s begonia to get one going for yourself.

John Floyd

John Floyd has been gardening--and learning about Birmingham area gardening--for more than 30 years. In addition to his day-to-day experience, John has degrees in horticulture from Auburn and Clemson Universities and was Editor-in-Chief of Southern Living.

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