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:
- Potting soil
- Sharp slicing blade
- Metal ruler
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.
With a sharp slicing blade, cut around the stem of a begonia leaf.
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.