September 14, 2012

Leaf Layering - A Good Way to Propagate Begonias

Last week, I posted a blog called, “Propagating Hydrangeas From Cuttings” and we received so many wonderful comments.  By the way, I love reading your comments and encourage you to leave more!  Today, I’d like to show you another easy way of propagating new plants using a method known as leaf layering.  This works especially well for plants like begonias and African violets.  I first became interested in begonias when I visited my maternal grandparents in Buffalo, New York, when I was just a little girl.  Grandma had several large begonia plants on her sun porch and dining room windowsills.  I loved their convoluted leaves, their unusual colors, and their scaly and hairy stems.  It was Grandma who first showed me how to leaf layer, as she wanted me to have beautiful begonias like hers back home in New Jersey.  So lately, we’ve been propagating begonias and other plants in the greenhouse.  I had some new pots from master potter, Guy Wolff and Ryan McCallister, my gardener, planted them with begonias made from leaf layering.  It's a great way to propagate, multiply, and even give.