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Take a garden tour and see favorite annual plants in a garden setting. In this video- Zinnia, Angelonia, Marigold, Petunia, Celosia and Vinca. Watch video
Most plants respond well to soils amended with organic matter.
Compost is a wonderful form of organic matter with a good balance of nutrients and an ideal pH level, it can be added to your planting area at any time. If compost is not available, top dress the soil after planting with 1-2 inches of organic mulch, which will begin to breakdown into compost. After the growing season, a soil test will indicate what soil amendments are needed for the following season.
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Keep the soil moist at 70-75 degrees. Begonias can benefit with bottom heat. 30-34 inches
Once planted, fibrous begonias need almost no care beyond watering during dry weather.
Sow very shallowly in seed starting formula as seeds need light to germinate well. Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating.
Before planting in the garden, seedling plants need to be “hardened off”. Accustom young plants to outdoor conditions by moving them to a sheltered place outside for a week. Be sure to protect them from wind and hot sun at first.
If frost threatens at night, cover or bring containers indoors, then take them out again in the morning. This hardening off process toughens the plant’s cell structure and reduces transplant shock and scalding. Stake large tuberous begonia at the time of planting to avoid root damage.
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Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures.
For annuals an organic mulch of shredded leaves lends a natural look to the bed and will improve the soil as it breaks down in time. Always keep mulches off a plant’s stems to prevent possible rot . Beautiful beast of a begonia thinks big.
Mounding, large 30-34” plants produce color riot of extra-large 3” red blooms, complemented by shimmery, bronze leaves, from spring into fall. Largest begonia ever commands admiring attention, dazzling with outsize blooms and out of sight color.
Magical choice for mass planting in the landscape or border. Plants should stand 12 inches apart in the garden. Deadhead throughout the season.
Begonia may be grown from seed sown early indoors and transplanted outside after frost, started from potted plants in the garden, or started from tubers inside early or outside after frost. Select a location in full to part shade with good rich moist organic soil. Seedlings emerge in 15-21 days.
Fibrous rooted begonias may be started indoors 3 months before the last frost using a seed starting kit. As soon as seedlings emerge, provide plenty of light on a sunny windowsill or grow seedlings 3-4 inches beneath fluorescent plant lights turned on 16 hours per day, off for 8 hours at night. Raise the lights as the plants grow taller.
Incandescent bulbs will not work for this process because they will get too hot. Most plants require a dark period to grow, do not leave lights on for 24 hours. Sowing Seed Indoors:
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Combine tuberous begonias in containers with other shade loving plants, in the ground they are lovely with ferns and other shade loving perennials.
Keep them from walkways as the stems are brittle and easily broken. Before planting in the garden, plants need to be “hardened off”. Accustom plants to outdoor conditions by moving them to a sheltered place outside for a week.
Be sure to protect them from wind and hot sun at first . If frost threatens at night, cover or bring containers indoors, then take them out again in the morning. This hardening off process toughens the plant’s cell structure and reduces transplant shock and scalding.
Starting Begonias From Tubers:
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Dig up tuberous begonia tubers just before the first frost. Cut back the stems and foliage and remove excess soil from the tubers. Dry them in a protected, shady, well ventilated spot, and store in boxes or shallow trays in a cool and dry location over the winter.
The genetic tendency of a plant to grow in a certain shape, such as vining or bush like. Largest begonia ever dazzles with outsize blooms and out of sight color. For tuberous begonias, insert thin stakes next to tall cultivars at planting time, and use yarn to tie the stems loosely to the stakes as they grow as the brittle stems break easily.
Set tubers cup side up in shallow 6 inch pots filled with potting soil. Cover each tuber with one inch of potting soil. Keep plants moist but not wet during the growing season, especially during dry spells.
Plants need about 1 inch of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It's best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level.
If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. For tuberous begonias try not to wet the leaves and flowers. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
Do not over water fibrous begonias. Keep soil barely moist at 70-75 degrees.
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Transplant hardened-off seedlings to the garden after all danger of frost. If you live in a warm area tuberous begonias may be planted directly in the soil. Plant the tubers cup side up 12 inches apart and one inch deep.
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Seedlings do not need much fertilizer, feed when they are 3-4 weeks old using a starter solution (half strength of a complete indoor houseplant food) according to manufacturer’s directions. This refers to whether a plant is an annual, biennial or perennial. Annuals complete their life cycles in one year; biennials produce foliage the first year and bloom and go to seed the second year; perennials can live for more than two years.
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Show Stopper I planted 3 Whopper Red Bronze Leaf Begonias in a 16-inch pot last summer and set it in the shade on a bench outside my north-facing kitchen window.
It flourished and bloomed heavily all summer. It looked more like a shrub than annual flowers. It was such a pleasure to open my curtains each morning and see this gorgeous planting.
It held up beautifully during the blistering Missouri heat of July and August. It likes water, misting, plant food, and good drainage. When the plants initially arrived they looked a bit ragged.
I carefully followed the transplant instructions. The plants bounced back in no time. I plan to repeat the planting this year.
Since tuberous begonias can take 3 months to produce a flower you may wish to start them inside and set them outside after all danger of frost. Monitor for pests and diseases . Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.
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Dig a hole for each plant large enough to amply accommodate the root ball. For a more bushy plant pinch the top of the plant off when it has 6-8 leaves. loc_en_US, sid_prod099592, prod, sort_[SortEntry(order=SUBMISSION_TIME, direction=DESCENDING)]
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To produce larger but fewer flowers, pinch off all but a few young stems.
Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 8 inches. Level with a rake to remove clumps of grass and stones. Use fibrous rooted begonias in containers and as edgings, as miniature temporary hedges, or in shade gardens to add summer-long color.
They make a great cover over daffodils and other spring bulbs as well. Growth Habit
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Set level with the surrounding soil. Fill with soil to the top of the root ball.
Press soil down firmly with your hand leaving a slight depression around the plant to hold water. We're sorry this plant 20305 is done shipping for the season
Planting Potted Plants in the Garden:
Water thoroughly, so that a puddle forms in the saucer you have created. This settles the plants in, drives out air pockets and results in good root-to-soil contact.
Remove plants after they are killed by frost in fall to avoid disease issues the following year. Thin to one seedling per cell when they have two sets of leaves. Seeds are tiny but plants grow quickly.