Propagating Begonia’s

here you can see how large some can grow, this one is two foot tall

Here you can see how large some can grow, this one is two foot tall #flowersoverflowers This Begonia is one we have had for several years and is grown from a tuba which we let go back and keep dry and frost free over winter.

Today’s post is going to cover two topics, the above flower I want to connect to #flowersoverflowers  as I am a day late for the Flower Tuesday post..

I have been busy taking some Begonia cuttings from the lovely ones that have graced my front garden all summer long

Some Begonia’s we have from Tubas’s but some are grown from either leaf cuttings or stem cuttings.. The above 4 were bought from a Garden Nursery, and so will die back over winter. So I thought I would take some cuttings. 

Take a cutting near a leaf joint

Take a cutting near a leaf joint

 First take a new sprouting leaf section and find the leaf joint and cut it on the leaf joint .  Next place them in some water if you have more to cut before dipping into a rooting agent  and pot in compost. 

 

Begonia cuttings placed in their own prorogation ( Freezer bags)

Begonia cuttings placed in their own prorogation ( Freezer bags) Easy, Now all we have to do is keep free from frost and in about a months time the roots will begin to form.. And take care not to over water or they may rot off. 

Happy Gardening Everyone. 

~Sue~

Garden Improvements And Hydrangea Cuttings

We often want to revamp and give our gardens a new Look. Recently we wanted a new drive laid and extended, so we had to move our beautiful Hydrangea plants. We had a  large White with tiny blue flowers seen in the below photograph, and a blue one which can not be seen behind the bush. Both had to be dug up and replanted  last September to their new positions and we hoped that they would take.. 

This was our front garden in 2012 with the large Hydrangea on the corner.

This was our front garden in 2012 with the large Hydrangea on the corner.

My hubby took several cuttings from each of them and we over wintered them on a spare bedroom window sill. Just in case the main Hydrangea shrubs didn’t like where we moved them to. 

We wanted an easier to maintain front garden, so as I wouldn’t have 4  full boarders to maintain. This was the new Look with only 2 boarders to maintain.

 I wanted space to add Pots so I could easily plant both Spring and Summer flowering blooms in them. 

The Front Lawn and Pots in 2015.

The Front Lawn and Pots in 2015.

Pots on the Front Garden  Filled with Begonia's

Pots on the Front Garden Filled with Begonia’s

Here’s how to take the cuttings of the Hydrangeas.  You take a new shoot from the main plant. Soak the stem in water for a couple of hours. Then you dip the stem into your rooting agent.. We   preferred Organic rooting gel..  You then place into a Small pot with compost and put a plastic bag over it to help propagate. Keep them covered for about 3 or 4 weeks until they have rooted.. 

Cutting of Hydrangea

Cutting of Hydrangea

Remember to keep the new plants frost free over winter and then set out in late Spring to their intended position. 

Hydrangea Cuttings

Hydrangea Cuttings

And below these are the young cuttings we took in September of last year now in flower Please click the photo’s to enlarge and read more.  

Happy Gardening!

~Sue~