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Tuberous Begonias in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Begonia

 

Tuberous Begonias

Tuberous begonias are grown for their bright colours and long flowering season. They are suited to container growing, and for hanging-baskets. Tuberous begonias are frost-tender, and need to be lifted and over-wintered in a frost-free place, so are often grown as annuals. Sprays of flowers, each bloom up to 3cms. across, are carried on fleshy stems above the handsome coppery foliage from Summer through until Autumn. The plants grow from tubers and produce bulbils in the leaf axils from which they can be propagated. The 'Nonstop®' hybrids and the 'Prima-Donna' series are double flowered. Plants in the 'Pendula' group are similar to the Multifloras except their stems are longer and thinner giving plants a trailing habit suitable for hanging baskets.

 
plant Features
  • Tuberous Begonias likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Tuberous Begonias likes very little water

    Very little water

  • Tuberous Begonias is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Tuberous Begonias likes moist and free draining

    Moist and free draining

 
Similar plants are available to buy from 3 store(s) in the UK
 
plant information

Common name

Tuberous Begonias

Latin name

Begonia

type

Tender perennial

family

Begoniaceae

ph

6.5 - 7.0 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Tuberous Begonias likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Frost

    Tuberous Begonias is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Soil

    Tuberous Begonias likes moist and free draining

    Moist and free draining

  • Water

    Tuberous Begonias likes very little water

    Very little water

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant

full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Tuberous Begonias is 0.40meters x 0.60meters 0.40 M 0.60 M

Begonia

Tuberous begonias are grown for their bright colours and long flowering season. They are suited to container growing, and for hanging-baskets. Tuberous begonias are frost-tender, and need to be lifted and over-wintered in a frost-free place, so are often grown as annuals. Sprays of flowers, each bloom up to 3cms. across, are carried on fleshy stems above the handsome coppery foliage from Summer through until Autumn. The plants grow from tubers and produce bulbils in the leaf axils from which they can be propagated. The 'Nonstop®' hybrids and the 'Prima-Donna' series are double flowered. Plants in the 'Pendula' group are similar to the Multifloras except their stems are longer and thinner giving plants a trailing habit suitable for hanging baskets.


Planting

From Early Spring TO Early Spring

Tubers can be started off from early spring in a heated greenhouse or a month later in a non-heated one. It is very important that a sprout appears before the tuber is planted. If your tubers seem slow to sprout, move them from the cool storage area to a warm dark place. When sprouts appear, the tubers are ready to be planted. Harden off and plant out once risk of frost has passed. It is also possible to plant the tubers directly into their flowering positions in late spring. This results in a later start to flowering. 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. Tuberous begonias are native to high altitudes growing conditions in the Andes Mountains. They perform best when grown in a similar environment with high humidity and cool nights. 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.

 

Propagating by stem cuttings

From Early Spring TO Mid Spring

Take a 4in (10cm) with a heel (section of tuber) in Spring. Insert in rooting compost, with some bottom heat of 18-21°C (64-70°F).

 
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