My neighbor across the street gave me four cuttings of her large Beefsteak Begonia (Begonia ‘Erythrophylla’) for me to root. Begonias are generally pretty easy to root from leaf cuttings. These cuttings took about a month to produce a nice set of roots.
The beefsteak Begonia has very large, waxy and thick leaves. They are dark green on top and purple underneath.
The petioles are rough with small hairs. It is a very attractive plant, that is usually pretty dense with leaves that droop down to the soil surface, or over the edge of the pot. You couldn't even see the pot buried underneath my neighbor's plant. I'm hoping to have as much luck with my cuttings.
|Roots began to form after just about a week in water|
|Underside of the Begonia leaves|