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Leaf Layering: How to Propagate Begonias


Share the beauty of your favorite begonia. All you need to do is snip a leaf, place it in potting soil, and keep it moist. After a few weeks (or more), you will start to see new leaves emerge. When the roots are fully established, you can pot the new plant -- and give a propagated piece of your garden to a friend. Here’s how to do it:


  • Sand
  • Potting soil
  • Perlite
  • Sharp slicing blade
  • Metal ruler


  1. Step 1


    Fill flats with a 50-50 mix of sand and potting soil (A), and cover the mix with a layer of perlite (B), which will support and stabilize the leaf cuttings.

  2. Step 2


    With a sharp slicing blade, cut around the stem of a begonia leaf.

  3. Step 3


    Make slits in the potting mix, using a metal ruler. Place a leaf section in each slit. Water gently, never allowing the potting mix to dry out.

Martha Stewart Living, March 2014