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Make New Plants From An Old Leaf

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These are the four leaf sections rescued from neighbor Nancy’s

These are the four leaf sections rescued from neighbor Nancy’s "dead" begonia. Kept on moist soil with all the cut edges dusted with a rooting hormone, about seven weeks later a new plant, the next generation, emerged from the leaf on the right. A few weeks later it was cut off with roots and put in a 4-inch clay pot. One leaf section rotted and the two others rooted with no new growth, yet. ANDREW MESSINGER

Several weeks later the new plants were potting into 4-inch clay pots and by December they filled the pots and began to flower.

Several weeks later the new plants were potting into 4-inch clay pots and by December they filled the pots and began to flower.

With a leaf removed from the parent plant, the leaf is now ready to be sliced into 1-inch sections with a single-edge razorblade. Sections must be vertical from top to bottom with the midrib in tact.  ANDREW MESSINGER

With a leaf removed from the parent plant, the leaf is now ready to be sliced into 1-inch sections with a single-edge razorblade. Sections must be vertical from top to bottom with the midrib in tact. ANDREW MESSINGER

With the leaf cut into sections, each cut edge is lightly dusted in with a rooting hormone or rooting solution. The sections are gently pressed to the soil then misted and the cover put on the tray to retain humidity. These sections were cut in late May.
ANDREW MESSINGER

With the leaf cut into sections, each cut edge is lightly dusted in with a rooting hormone or rooting solution. The sections are gently pressed to the soil then misted and the cover put on the tray to retain humidity. These sections were cut in late May. ANDREW MESSINGER

In mid-July, some six weeks later, new plants begin to emerge at the cut at the base of the midrib.   ANDREW MESSINGER

In mid-July, some six weeks later, new plants begin to emerge at the cut at the base of the midrib. ANDREW MESSINGER

By early July, the new plants were dime sized and nearly ready to be cut from the parent leaf and potted.  ANDREW MESSINGER

By early July, the new plants were dime sized and nearly ready to be cut from the parent leaf and potted. ANDREW MESSINGER

This is a Streptocarpus, or Cape primrose. They’re hard to find these days but make great houseplants. Flower colors are pink, red and blue with some bicolors and doubles available.  ANDREW MESSINGER

This is a Streptocarpus, or Cape primrose. They’re hard to find these days but make great houseplants. Flower colors are pink, red and blue with some bicolors and doubles available. ANDREW MESSINGER

Notice the long midrib running from the base of the plant to the tip of the leaf. This midrib is critical in making new plants from this one.
ANDREW MESSINGER

Notice the long midrib running from the base of the plant to the tip of the leaf. This midrib is critical in making new plants from this one. ANDREW MESSINGER

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It was a cold, wet Sunday in March when my phone rang. It was neighbor Nancy. “Andrew, the begonia that Yanko gave to me before he died is dead. Can... more

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