hardy begonia leaf propagation?

Diane Whitehead voltaire@islandnet.com
Wed, 26 Oct 2005 19:01:58 PDT
I have propagated houseplant begonias by placing a leaf flat on soil 
and slitting the veins.  New little plants grow on the slits.

I wonder if anyone has tried this with the hardy woodland begonias 
that have little tubers.

I just bought B. taliense "White Boned Demon", collected by Eric 
Hammond in China in '97, and named after Mao's wife. It has big 
leaves marked with dark and silver.  One broke off during its 
travels, and I wonder if I will have luck cutting its veins, or would 
it form bulbils if I instead put the stem into the potting mix.

Diane Whitehead  Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
maritime zone 8
cool mediterranean climate (dry summer, rainy winter - 68 cm annually)
sandy soil

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