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my begonia collection

This is a discussion on my begonia collection within the The Jungle forums, part of the Land Plants category; This was propagated from some leaf cuttings 4 years ago and had grow into quite ...

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    This was propagated from some leaf cuttings 4 years ago and had grow into quite a massive ones with 3 main stems. The spots never fade as they grow. I thought it was B.congesta but a friend said it was a hybrid. According to him B.congesta 's spots will fade for the upper leaves as they grow. If it was indeed a natural hybrid then it must be between begonia congesta and begonia speluncae since these 2 were found in the same location.







    wonder what the Polystyrene box for? well it was used for propagating plants that need cooler environment

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    Very nice collection. My favourite ones are called Angel Wings.

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    Hi Robert, what a coincidence that you posted this! I have been have some trouble with a new purchase of mine. I just repotted this morning after doing some reading up on it last night but I still am having trouble identifying it. A few days after I got it, I got really sick and wasn't able to give it my customary unpotting and going over. I guess the type of soil it was in wasn't the best for it and now all but one of the leaves have died off. Do you know what is going on and what type it is?
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    All the leaves started out with the wilting on the edges like this one. Can I save it? Thanks in advance for any help you can give me.

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    Nice plants, Robert!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dazed View Post
    Hi Robert, what a coincidence that you posted this! I have been have some trouble with a new purchase of mine. I just repotted this morning after doing some reading up on it last night but I still am having trouble identifying it. A few days after I got it, I got really sick and wasn't able to give it my customary unpotting and going over. I guess the type of soil it was in wasn't the best for it and now all but one of the leaves have died off. Do you know what is going on and what type it is?
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    All the leaves started out with the wilting on the edges like this one. Can I save it? Thanks in advance for any help you can give me.
    The media look like organic peat, and too wet causing it to rot. To save try leaf cutting and propagate on pure sphagnum moss, or sphagnum moss with perlite. The cuttings are placed inside a plastic container for high humidity. The media should be kept moist( never too wet). I have very successful rate with this method. One of my example, attached photo.



    plenty of infos on propagating method from Google search.
    Begonia Propagation Page

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    I too use sphagnum along with sponge rock and hort. grade charcoal. I grow all my species under lights and potted in nothing else but that mixture. Most of the begonias I grow require about 70% humidity. So I keep them in enclosed domes.

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    Robert, I love the plants!

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    Quote Originally Posted by walingwaling View Post
    Nice plants, Robert!
    Quote Originally Posted by cdayinflorida View Post
    Robert, I love the plants!
    most welcome, Ron and Cathy.

    Cathy, i propagate leaf cuttings inside enclosed transparent containers. when they have grown to certain size and healthy i repot them and placed in open cool shade. Our daily humidity is always above 60% and higher at night. Day temperature can reach around 34°C and direct sunlight will kill them so they are always kept under shade.

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    I can keep some in the shadehouse. But most of mine are in the house underlights with the a/c vents directly overhead. I wish you lived closer we could trade some species.

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    continue with my collection.

    B. rubida


    B.speluncae


    B.speluncae come in different shape, size and texture. A variety with round leaves and plain green.



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