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: