Begonia are a classic Gardeners Favourite - they can be grown in pots, hanging baskets, in the garden, or of course indoors!
There's a huge range of varieties, so there is bound to be one or two that will tickle your fancy.
Begonias should be planted in the Spring. Find a nice, well drained spot for your tubers - Begonias don't like too much sun, so the hotter your region, the less sun they need! (if planting in pots indoors, ensure that they have access to a bit of light, but not full sun)
- Plant the tubers around 3cm below the surface of the soil, ensuring the indented side of the tuber is facing up.
- Cover your tubers with soil, and give them a dousing of water... you should see the tip of the begonia breaking the surface of the soil over the next 3 weeks.
- When watering, make sure you don't over do it - keep the soil a little damp, but not soggy! You should always water around the tuber/plant, and not the plant itself (this could cause Mildew problems).
When your Begonias first start to flower, we recommend pinching off the first 3 or 4 buds, as this will encourage the plant to produce larger blooms!
Once you have enjoyed your beautiful flowers, the plant will begin to die down. Please let it die down on its own, as this is an important part of the tubers growth.
Once fully died down, you can either dig out the bulbs, or leave them in the ground for next Summer!
We recommend digging the bulbs if your region experiences very cold, or wet winters. Store your bulbs in a nice cool, dry spot, ready for next Summer.