Begonia's are annuals and do not like frost in the spring or fall. Set them out in containers, hanging baskets ,or your eco flower bed after all risk of frost has past. Begonias thrive in a range of sunlight from full sun to shade. They like rich, fertile soil which drains well.
Begonias need TLC. Remove dead flowers, leaves, and stems. Trim off long stems to help retain lushes’ shape. A little care will pay you back with full beautiful foliage and more blooms. Add a general organic fertilizer once a month. The glorious summer blooming tuberous begonias are the crowning glory of the begonia family with their many colours, sizes and forms. Although they may be grown indoors, they are better suited to a shady garden outdoors.
To start tuberous begonias first choose a tuber that is firm and large as the larger tubers will produce a larger plant and in turn more flowers. Next you want to plant the tuber in a light and airy, well drained potting soil. Start all begonias in peat pots as this will minimize any root damage to the plant when it comes time to transplant them later in the spring as you can plant the entire peat pot with the plant into a larger container or into the ground.
In late May after all risk of frost has passed the begonias are moved outdoors into a semi-shaded location where they will receive the early morning sun or early evening sun but kept away from the mid-day sun. Too much sun will cause the leaves to burn whereas too much shade will cause the plant to become spindly. Always water the plants in early morning trying not to get water on the plants foliage as this can cause mildew. So water the surrounding soil but the plants leaves.
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