Begonia Tubers Propagation for Beginners

Understanding the Process of Begonia Tubers Propagation

Begonias have flowers that vary in color. The shape of the flowers also varies, and some have stacked petals. This plant is suitable for you to place indoors or outdoors.

One of the most popular types of begonias is the tuberous Begonia. This tuberous will grow well in a dark, moderately warm place.

You can stop the propagation process by cutting off the young leaves. After the leaves are cut, other tubers will grow. However, the process of the emergence of new tubers occurs for several months.

Waiting for the emergence of new tubers requires patience, and this process will be completed by the time summer arrives.

You already understand at a glance about Begonia tubers propagation, so you can immediately put it into practice.

Prepare Equipment for Propagation

Now you need to prepare equipment to propagate Begonia tubers. Examples of equipment used for propagation are gloves, plant shears, and brushes.

Other things you need to prepare are coarse sand and plant fungicide. It is also important to prepare a shady place or not be exposed to direct sunlight.

Plant fungicides are useful for preventing fungi from growing. Fungi growth can interfere with the growth of begonia tubers, so fungi must be eradicated.

Coarse sand is useful for keeping begonias upright when replanted. All propagation requires coarse sand to replant after cutting the stem section.

Lift the Plant and Cleaned the Root 

You have finished preparing all the equipment, and then you can start trying the propagation technique on Begonia tubers.

First, you can slowly remove the begonias, so the roots are not damaged. Shake gently to dislodge any soil that is still stuck to the roots.

Next, brush the tubers slowly and don’t need to wash them. Washing can damage tubers because they are very vulnerable. If there is still residue, you can remove it by hand.

You should be careful in cleaning the roots of Begonias because the function of the roots is very vital for the survival of this plant.

Plants will find it difficult to grow new tubers if the roots are damaged. One later, the plant can die, especially when it loses a lot of roots.

Cut the Stem Section

You can look for the stem section near Begonia tubers. Cut the stem section earlier using plant shears. You need to cut this section carefully. Try not to hurt the tubers so that the tubers grow faster.

You can achieve this by cutting the stem section slowly. Cutting can be done at the attached eye. The cut will be better if it is near the tubers, but do not injure them. Then you can coat it with a plant fungicide to prevent the growth of fungi. 

Replant Begonia Tubers

The cutting process is complete, and you can return to planting the plant. Replant it by using coarse sand 1/2 inch deep. You should replant it and place it in a warm area.

The warm temperature can stimulate the plant. It will grow faster in such conditions rather than in cool temperatures.

This plant prefers to be in spring and summer weather. Begonias will freeze or be in a dormant state when winter arrives.

When summer arrives, the tubers take several weeks to grow. It’s just that the growth can also be done with the emergence of flower buds.

If the flower buds appear, you must trim them so the plant can focus on growing other tubers. Keep repeating this section until the seasons change and the plant is forced to dormant.

You can also have another alternative: moving the pot into the refrigerator or another dark and cold place. Such conditions will force the plant to become a boost without waiting for winter to arrive.

Unfortunately, during this process, the roots of Begonias can rot. Periodically inspect the plant and space for rotting roots so it doesn’t cause problems later in Begonias.

Move the plant to the landscape

The transfer process, if necessary, when the Begonia sprouts appear. If, at first, you used the pot as a container for plants, then you can move it to the landscape section. Plant by using a mixture of soil, coarse sand, and perlite.

Ensure the tubers are completely covered with soil, and the sprouts are kept away from the soil. After completing the transfer process, you should regularly pay attention to the irrigation system.

Do not give too much water because Begonia does not like water. But also, don’t forget to water, because these plants still need water to survive. Give water at least once a day in the morning or evening.

You can repeat this process to grow other Begonia tuber’s propagation. This method does require a lot of patience, but the results are promising.

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