How to Propagate Angel Leaf Begonias

Overview

Angel wing begonias bloom profusely from late spring until fall and thrive in shaded locations that challenge other brightly colored annuals. Blooms range from soft pink to fiery reds and orange. Flower heads contain a cluster of cascading flowers that form a mass of color. Named for its wing-shaped foliage of green with silver splotches and a contrasting red underside, angel wing begonias add texture and depth to any planting. Angel wing begonias do not produce seeds but propagate easily from leaf cuttings.

Step 1

Fill a planting tray with moist seed starter. Make your own seed starter with equal parts commercial potting soil, peat moss and perlite or vermiculite.

Step 2

Water the plant well the day before taking a leaf cutting to increase the amount of moisture in the plant tissue. Cut outdoor plants before the heat of the day hits to avoid moisture loss.

Step 3

Select a healthy leaf that is free of insect damage or any signs of disease. Cut the leaf from the plant with a sharp knife and remove the stem.

Step 4

Turn the leaf over and make several cuts from the underside of the leaf through the largest veins. Each cut produces new roots and develops into a new plant.

Step 5

Dust with rooting hormone to hasten root development. Shake to remove excess rooting hormone and discard the leftover rooting powder.

Step 6

Place the leaf with the cut side down on top of the seed starter. Secure in place with U-shaped floral pins or a bent paper clip.

Step 7

Enclose the tray in plastic wrap or a plastic bag. Check daily that the soil is moist but not soggy. Water when necessary to keep soil evenly moist.

Step 8

Transplant seedlings to individual pots once they are large enough to handle.

Things You'll Need

  • Seed starter (potting soil, peat moss, perlite or vermiculite)
  • Plant tray
  • Sharp knife
  • Rooting hormone
  • Plastic food wrap/bag
  • Plant pots
  • U-shaped wire/paper clips

References

  • Purdue University Consumer Horticulture: New Plants from Cuttings
  • NC State University Horticulture Leaflets: Plant Propagation by Leaf, Cane, and Root Cuttings: Instructions for the Home Gardener
  • Clemson Cooperative Extension: Growing Begonias Indoors

Who Can Help

  • Washington State University: Houseplant Cuttings
  • University of Illinois Extension: Angel Wing Begonia
Keywords: propagate begonias, angel wing begonias, root leaf cuttings

About this Author

Nannette Richford is an avid gardener, teacher and nature enthusiast with 4 years experience in online writing and a lifetime of personal journals. She is published on various sites, including Associated Content. Richford holds a Bachelor of Science in secondary education from the University of Maine Orono and certifications in 7-12 English, K-8 General Elementary and Birth to age 5.