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Found these Pitiful Little Begonias

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      NJCher
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      Around Christmas I was still chopping leaves to put over my beds for winter. I raked a couple front flower beds and saw these little signs of life–a leaf or two–under the leaves.  Normally I don’t take many plants indoors and just buy new ones in the spring. However, I couldn’t get these tough little  guys out of my mind. Begonias!  Outside!  At Christmas!

      I dug them up and put them in pots. At that time they were nothing more than a little leaf.  I really didn’t think they’d survive.

      A few weeks later, on Jan. 13, I took some pictures of them. Some were coming along quite nicely.

      Then two weeks later, Jan. 31, I took comparison pictures.  Here’s how they look.

      The first picture is after they’d been inside two weeks; the second was taken yesterday:

      And here is the most amazing two of all. When I dug them up, they were nothing but a root system. Now look at them!

      Now that they are doing well, I will keep them going for spring planting in my same front flower beds. In fact, I am thinking that if they get even bigger, I may use them to propagate more. I’d like to try leaf propagation using begonia leaves. Here’s a pic of how that works:

       

       

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      HassleCat
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      My mom always planted tuberous begonias. I thought she said “tuber spegonias.”

    • #400281
      NJCher
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      tuberous begonias could indeed sound like tuber spegonias!

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