|Table Top Garden with Begonia 'Tiger Kitten'|
Story # 113,
‘Eyelash’ Begonias from tissue culture.
Begonias -- ‘Rex’ and ‘Eyelash’ -- can be easily propagated from rooting leaf cuttings. Crop time is about 3 months to get a clump of plantlets to pot into a 4” pot. In 8 – 12 weeks you have a nice sized foliage plant for sale.
Should tissue culture propagation be able to compete with leaf rooting?
Technically, it’s possible. The only two questions are:
1. Can ‘Eyelash’ Begonias be produced by tissue culture for less cost than leaf propagation?
2. Will the tissue culture plantlets be multi-crowned and husky to compete with good leaf starts?