Begonia Maculata are a fantastic plant, with their red undersides and amazing white polka dots, it’s no surprise that you would want to propagate them so you can have more of these amazing plants in your home.
The easiest way to propagate a Begonia Maculata is in water. Simply take a cutting from your plant with part of the stem intact. Make sure you use sharp scissors to get a nice clean cut. We like to use the Growneer trimming scissors as they are sharp, stainless steel and non stick.
Then place the cutting into water. After a while you will notice small roots starting to sprout from the bottom of the stem. Once they have grown to around two inches long you can take the plant out of the water and pot it in some soil.
If you let the roots get too long before planting them then you risk them not taking to the water, however you also don’t want to plant your cutting before it has roots long enough to take, for those reasons two inches is a good rule of thumb.
Remember that not all of your cuttings will take, it’s unfortunate but sometimes roots just won’t grow. Therefore for the best chance of success we would recommend waiting until your plant has lots of leaves so you can take several cuttings at once. That way if one doesn’t take you should have a few others to choose from.
When you place it into soil use the same type of soil that your Begonia is currently growing in. you might need to water the cuttings a bit more often than you would the plant as the transition from water to soil can be quite shocking but your cuttings should soon be used to their new conditions and ready to become a plant. We love Growneer’s nursery pots for growing cuttings in.
If you want to find out more information on how to propagate a Begonia Maculata then there are many brilliant videos available on youtube.
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