A begonia tuber is shaped like a little brown bowl. Sprouts emerge from inside the cupped area and roots form on all sides of the tuber. For best results, encourage the tubers to sprout before planting them in pots or in the garden.
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Do tuberous begonias like sun or shade?
Though they need to be shaded from hot sunlight, they do need some sun to flower best. Morning light or light that is filtered through leaves or a lattice roof is best. It may take up to three months from planting the tuber to full bloom, so tubers should be started indoors at least a month before the last frost date.
Are tuberous begonias perennials?
They are grown as bedding plants in spring, similar to marigolds, impatiens and petunias. Although they are perennial in a warmer climate, most gardeners treat them as annual flowers. Tuberous begonias are probably the second-most popular outdoor begonia for gardeners.
How can I tell which type of begonia I have?
How do you prune tuberous begonias?
Can you save tuberous begonias?
CORVALLIS - Many people enjoy the lush blossoms of tuberous begonias in pots on patios and as outdoor hanging plants. There's no need to throw them away when cold weather hits and the tops die. The tubers can be saved over the winter and planted again the next spring for another year of showy color.
How tall are tuberous begonias?
Tuberous Begonias typically grow 12-18 in. tall (30-45 cm) and are divided into various groups depending on the shape of their flowers (camellia, carnation, rose), their petals (single, double, ruffled, banded) or habit (bushy, cascading).
Do tuberous begonias need a lot of water?
Begonias thrive in soil that is neither dry nor saturated. Your goal is to find a moisture level and watering schedule that is justttt right. A good rule of thumb is to water every two to four days. When it's hot and dry you'll need to water more often than when the air cools down and the soil holds more moisture.
How long do tuberous begonias live?
No begonia has a long life span. Most live only 2 to 3 years even with good care. The tubers of tuberous begonias often last 4 to 5 years with good care. Tuberous begonias need a winter rest and don't make good winter houseplants.
Can you plant tuberous begonias in the ground?
Tuberous Begonias are frost-tender plants that thrive where they receive bright light but little or no direct sun. Given an early start, they put on a glorious display all summer long. We grow our Begonias in pots and hanging baskets, but they can also be planted in the ground (once the danger of frost has passed).
What does begonias look like?
Wax begonias have succulent stems; shiny, rounded, green or reddish-brown leaves and grow in a mounded habit. They bloom with 1-1/2-inch single or double flowers in shades of red, pink, or white. Tuberous begonias come in two forms, either upright or trailing, and have green or burgundy leaves.
Should you pinch back begonias?
Pinching back your begonias is the first step to correct legginess. For small plants on windowsills, or seedlings for the garden, pinching out the tiny new leaves on the growing tips of the begonias will force new growth along the stem and encourage dense, compact plants.
What is the difference between begonias and non-stop begonias?
► Here's the difference between Non-stop and the regular giant tuberous begonias! Non-stops have more but smaller flowers and leaves. They are more heat tolerant for inland growers and more sun tolerant along the coast.
Can you overwinter non tuberous begonias?
Yes, begonias can grow indoors over winter. Non-tuberous (aka: fibrous) varieties can easily be kept as houseplants. However, the ones that have bulbs will naturally go dormant during the winter. So all of the leaves and flowers will drop off.
Should I deadhead my begonias?
Hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture zones 6 through 11, depending on the cultivar, begonias (Begonia spp.) do not require deadheading to thrive. Rather they self-clean by dropping spent flowers on their own, says the University of Illinois Extension.
Is Epsom salt good for begonias?
Is Epsom salt good for begonias? The jury is still out on this. While many gardeners attest to using Epsom salt on their plants to enhance their pH levels or add magnesium, it may not be ideal for begonias specifically. If your plants lack magnesium sulfate, it's better to find fertilizers sufficient in this mineral.
Can you bring begonias in for the winter?
Some Begonias go dormant for the winter and others have no dormant period and continue to grow and flower for the entire winter. As fall approaches many gardeners want to bring their flowers indoors to keep enjoying them into the fall and winter months.
Can you split begonia tubers?
Splitting begonia tubers is relatively straightforward, although I must warn you that freshly cut tubers are more vulnerable to rot and infection, so the process is not without risk.
Do begonias flower every year?
Are begonias a perennial plant or an annual flower? There are no perennial begonias. There are forms that make great houseplants and will grow year-round indoors, but outdoors the plants are all unable to tolerate frost.
Can a begonia be a houseplant?
Begonias are a popular houseplant. Some varieties of begonia houseplants are grown for their flowers while others are grown for their striking foliage. Growing begonias as houseplants only requires a little bit of knowledge in order to keep them looking their very best indoors.
How do you overwinter tuberous begonias?
Place a layer of peat moss, vermiculite, or sawdust in a small cardboard box. Lay the tubers on the storage medium, then cover the tubers with additional peat, vermiculite, or sawdust. Store the tubers in an area with a temperature of 40 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Do not allow the tubers to freeze.
Are tuberous begonias annuals?
Tuberous begonia is anannual flowermulticolored flowers. See more pictures of annual flowers. A triumph of the breeder's art, tuberous begonias at their biggest have flowers of salad-plate size in fanciful forms and bright colors, even with petal edges tipped in a contrasting color (picotee).
Can tuberous begonia grow in shade?
Although tuberous begonias are shade-loving plants, they also require a bit of morning or late afternoon sunlight. A location in dappled or filtered light also works well, but the plants won't survive midday sun or heat. Begonias need moist, well-drained soil and are likely to rot in soggy conditions.