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Question: 1324-4515
Because my Angel Wing and Wax begonias are so large, you suggested on your radio show that I might consider making cuttings. Can I start them in water? Jean, Willimantic, CT

Mort's Answer:
Yes you can, but success is more likely in peaty, sterile soil or straight sand. Leaf cuttings can be made without a small stem by laying them flat on a bed of coarse sand. Be sure the shiny side is up. The petiole is recommended if you insert the leaf into the peaty soil or sand. I prefer the straight sand without the petiole and lying flat. Mist them every day. Too much water will rot the leaves. Roots will develop from the veins under the leaves.

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