Begonia comes in many different varieties. They can brighten up both your indoor and outdoor gardens. Here are tips and growing instructions…
“In cold areas, start the tubers indoors about 6 weeks before you anticipate the last frost. Plant the tuber in potting soil, round side down, about 1″ below the surface. Water well and then keep the soil moist but not soggy. Keep in a warm, semi-shady area. When all danger of frost has passed, transplant outdoors being careful not to disturb the roots.” — brecks.com
“Most begonias prefer a shady position.
• It is important for the ground to be moist and well-drained.
• Acidic soil or sandy soil has a positive effect on many begonia varieties.
• The plants need plenty of water in the summer, especially on hot days.
• The dead flowers should be removed to encourage perpetual flowering.
• Adding artificial fertilizer to the water will ensure better growth and richer flowering.
• Fertilizer tablets can be used instead of artificial fertilizer.” — spaldingbulb.co.uk
“When frost begins to blacken the tips of your begonia plant it is time to dig up the bulbs. Carefully remove the bulbs from the soil, along with any offsets that may have grown.” — Sophia Darby, gardenguides.com
“Water your tubers enough to keep them moist. Too much water may cause the tubers to rot. Once they sprout, choose a sunny window for your begonia sprouts, or use fluorescent lights to grow a full, bushy plant.” — ehow.com
“Buy the largest size bulbs you can afford for the prettiest display. Small bulbs will generally bloom the first year but large bulbs produce outstanding displays.” — Kayisawsome, wikihow.com
“Do not water the flat again until the soil begins to dry slightly.” — botanical-journeys-plant-guides.com
“When purchasing plants, select stocky plants with green, healthy foliage. As with tuberous begonias started indoors, harden the plants outdoors for a few days before planting.” — theflowerbulb.com
“When starting the tubers into growth, ensure full light and gentle heat. Too much heat and not enough light will cause the stems to elongate instead of the desired compact growth.” — gardenseeker.com