The Stamford Garden Club held a propagation workshop showing members how to propagate Begonias, Gesneriads and Succulents.  Methods used included leaf wedge propagation, leaf propagation and water propagation.

Please watch the demonstration of Leaf Wedge propagation!

Leaf & Wedge Cuttings

Rhizomatous, rexes, and tuberous begonias will start from leaf cuttings. With nearly all begonias you can root a leaf, but only certain types will then send up a new plant from the rooted leaf.   Source:

Beazie's Begonia Leaf Cuttings Tips:
1.)  Put a lid over the begonia cuttings container - plant likes humidity, but no water on leaves.
2.)  Give bottom heat (on shelf above radiator), temperature around 70-degrees.
3.)  Indirect light.
4.)  Watering - soil should be slightly moist.  OK to have condensation on interior of container, but if it is heavy condensation, open container for a few hours. To water soil, dribble water around the edge of the container - not on the cuttings.

5.)  Germination: 6 - 8 weeks

Rhizomatous cuttings may be propagated in water or in moist soil using Beazie's tips.
Rhizome roots in water.
The generous donations made by our Horticulturalists included:
Begonia 'Lime Marmalade', the very lime colored leaf begonia,
Begonia masoniana, the one that was a piece of a rhizome, not a leaf.

Begonia that were just leaves,  no name leaves.

Hairy Bottom Leaf

Older Begonia leaves may have "hairy undersides".  Laying these on top of moist soil and following Beazie's tips will produce many new plants.


The Gesneriads we propated were the Streptocarpella, 'Concord Blue' and the African Violet, Frilly Dealy.  Gesneriad cuttings may be propagated in water.

Assorted succulents including the Hoya Kerrii (Sweetheart Hoya or Hoya Hearts or Valentine's Hoya) pictured to the left were also propagated.  Succulent propagation entails removing the lower leaves from the stem, cutting the stem with a sterilized knife and placing the stem in succulent soil or seed starter mixed with pearlite.

The cuttings in the photograph will be taken home and watched for signs of rooting.  They will be transplanted into their own pots.