Bonfire begonia is a relatively new cultivar. This plant has huge reddish-orange blooms that radiate out to points on the ends of the petals. With a hanging or spreading habit, the begonia droops gracefully in a container and is easy to maintain. Propagation of begonias is commonly done from cuttings. Begonia cuttings root well in a soil-less medium or in a small jar of water. Prevent fungal disease by misting lightly and infrequently.
things you’ll need:
- Sharp knife
- Rooting hormone
- Baby-food jar
- Fluorescent light
- Peat moss
- Plant mister
- Take a cutting with a leaf scar and a bud node. The length doesn’t matter, as long as it has at least one leaf and one bud node that hasn’t bloomed. Use a sharp knife sterilized with alcohol. Cut 1/2 inch below the selected bud node.
- Pull the leaves off the cut end if there are any. Leave at least 1 1/2 inches clear of vegetation to prevent rotting. Dip the cutting into fungicide. For dry planting, dipping the end in rooting hormone is an option, but not necessary.
- Root the begonia cutting in either water or a soil-less medium. To root in water, choose a small container. The cutting doesn’t have to be submerged, but keep the cut end wet. The cut end releases a rooting hormone — more concentrated in a small container with the least possible amount of water.
- Fill a pot with 1/2 peat moss and 1/2 perlite. This soil-less type of mixture helps prevent disease and is without pathogens. Immerse the prepared end of the cutting into the medium and mist until it’s damp all the way through.
- Cover the container with plastic to create a mini greenhouse. Put the cutting under a fluorescent light with a timer. Set the light for 14 hours per day. The temperature in the room needs to be about 65 to 70 degrees F. Check the moisture level frequently. A rooted cutting is established in about a month.