FERTILISING: Begonias will respond to almost any fertiliser, used as the manufacturer recommends.An easy suggestion is some slow release fertiliser applied in spring complemented with weekly liquid or foliar feeds. So I recommend staking them from the back, with a thicker than normal cane, sloping about 10° from the vertical so that when it is tied with a flat tie it draws the stem into the vertical. These are held loosely to the canes with fine pieces of rallia. Provide a well-drained soil. The genus Begonia is huge, with many species and even more hybrids with which to temp us gardeners with, but it’s this particular begonia has a complex family tree. Growing Begonias When shoots reach six- to eight-inches (15-20 cm) tall, transplant to the garden or outdoor containers. A feeding of liquid plant food every three weeks through the summer will keep them in … Grow this plant in dappled shade in the garden or in the shade house to enjoy its large coloured blooms. Tuberous Begonias, have a fascinating history however. Almost all types of begonias keep themselves clean and re-blooming by dropping the old blooms. 3. Growing BegoniasGrowing Begonias Info. The plants are quite brittle and staking helps them tolerate violent weather. The plants are quite brittle, and staking helps them tolerate violent weather. They bloom throughout the summer, thriving in shady spots where few other plants with … Remember, staking trees is a no-no. They are not as hardy as ‘Nonstop’ and are less tolerant of heat. Take care when inserting the cane that you do not damage the tuber. Preferably a soil pH of 5.5 to 6.5. Know Your Begonias by Jack Krempin ; Begonias by Mike Stevens of Christchurch; Begonias - cultivation, Identification and Natural History. They are started from tubers, which many refer to as bulbs, and should be planted in early spring. Tuberous begonias come in shades of white, pink, red, yellow, orange, and salmon, as well as bi-colors. Tuberous begonias grow in partial shade but usually not so well in deep shade or full sun. Double flowers are male, and single flowers female. Tuberous begonias also grow well planted directly in the ground if the soil has been lightened and enriched. The large flowers are usually double and may be six inches or more in diameter. The upright types flower and grow well but are rather brittle, necessitating staking. Tuberous begonias grow in partial shade but usually not so well in deep shade or full sun. Begonias are a great way to brighten up the home and garden. If they have a darker edge to the petals they are called "picotee." (By this time the threat of frost should be past.) Even though the plant stems appear thick and strong, it is very necessary to provide some additional support for those stems so that the weight of the blooms and gravity don’t cause the stems to topple and snap away from the tuber. Taking care of begonias is easy, especially when growing begonias from corms (or tubers). ... but needs staking. Tuberous begonia stems can be extremely brittle and easily break off where they join the tubers, especially when knocked or rocked by high winds. In autumn, when leaves begin to yellow and wilt, reduce watering. Provide a well drained soil. Staking When upright varieties are 4–6″ tall, push a heavy, 18–20″ long bamboo stake (or one of our cushioned, steel Begonia Stakes - Set of 5 ) into the potting mix or garden soil on the side of the plant opposite the points of the leaves. ... For really large flowers, tuberous begonias should be disbudded Buds appear in threes, and the two outer ones are removed. Becoming popular during the Victorian era, they fell out of favor after the 1970’s. The following books may be available at your local bookstores or via the links to Amazon.com and / or Fishpond.co.nz. Species that are described as 8 to 12" tall get 3' high for us so staking is always a problem.. (I suppose with no frost they'd rival the house in size. Growing Tuberous Begonias in the UK. Flowers: Tuberous begonias usually bloom with a cluster of 3 flowers; a male flower in the center and two female flowers, one on either side of the male flower. The next task that becomes urgent as the upright begonias grow taller is staking. The plants are quite brittle and staking helps them tolerate violent weather. Tuberous begonias should be grown in the shade. Upright tuberous begonias, however, can benefit from staking so the flower stems stand tall to make it easier to viewing the beautiful flowers. The plants need frequent watering and fertilization but excess of either causes flower bud drop. Stems are very slender therefore staking is required. ... Shrubs and trees: This is a good time to move them. They will perform best in bright shade and will not do well in deep shade. The large flowers are usually double and may be six inches or more in diameter. 4. The upright types flower and grow well but are rather brittle, necessitating staking. Tuberous begonias require a dormant period every year, whether grown in a greenhouse or outdoors, so they are not a good choice as a year-round houseplant. Begonias. Easy-care annuals, tuberous begonias (Begonia x tuberhybrida) really only need watering (from below or with care if from above – try not to get too much water on the leaves) and a little shot of food every couple of weeks during the growing season – and they’ll perform all summer long. When stems have fallen off the plants, lift tubers and shake off dirt; then dry tubers in sun for 3 days and store in a cool, dry place, such as a garage, until spring. The Begonia plant is quite versatile. With no encour-agement they will start to put up little shoots from the concave centre of the dry stored bulbs. 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