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19/01/2014 at 22:02
I'm going to try and not ask too many more questions, but there is a special offer in this month's magazine for Begonias, how easy are they to grow, I have never bought plug plants and never grown begonias either but they looks so lovely in pots and baskets. Very tempted!
19/01/2014 at 22:08

I bought these exact plants, think it was early last year, they were giving them away, all is had to pay way 5 quid p&p. Potted then into 9cm pots with JI no 1 and left them in my conservatory. then planted them in my brackets in may. Flowered fine and don't really require much fuss, just dont ever let them dry out and don't waterlogged them either, as I believe they're tuberous,so need to be taken out around october time and stored in a gh. Feed them every couple of weeks too. Begonias are notoriously hard to germinate, so go for it! 

19/01/2014 at 22:14
I've just googled Begonias and they are perennial, is that right? I always thought they were hardy annuals (that shows how daft I am!!). So if I do as you say and out them in the GH they will be ok again next year??? Wow, even better bargain - if I don't kill them!!
20/01/2014 at 08:10

Pretty much tracey. Begonias are half hardy perennials, so most people treat them as half hardy annuals and chuck them on the compost heap every year. Now I'm going to confuse you even more...Most begonias are tuberous, so they have a swollen root system, a bit like dahlias, and some aren't. The ones that aren't usually worth keeping for another year, but the tuberous ones are and that's what these begonias are, so yeah, an even better bargain 

20/01/2014 at 15:59

Tuberous Begonia you do keep and you will see something if they die back.

Sempervivans begonia are half hardy and treated like annuals as they normally look like crap after winter.

20/01/2014 at 20:13
So how do I know which is which if it doesn't tell me? The ones I am looking at are on the offers on here, the ones that are red and apparently fill a container with only 1 plant (not sure I believe that!).
21/01/2014 at 10:48

It says annual on the website

http://www.thompson-morgan.com/flowers/flower-plants/begonia-plants/begonia-whopper/t47393TM

These ones are tuberous (you lift and keep the brown 'bulbs' and regrow each year)

http://www.thompson-morgan.com/flowers/flower-bulbs/begonia-tubers

21/01/2014 at 13:01

Tracey-Newbie tuberous begonias look like this.

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/36272.jpg?width=264&height=350&mode=max

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/36273.jpg?width=264&height=350&mode=max

And fiberous begonias look like this.

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/36274.jpg?width=150&height=250&mode=max

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/36275.jpg?width=252&height=250&mode=max

 

21/01/2014 at 21:14
I missed your above post earlier Bill, thanks for the pics and thanks for clarifying. I have done some more research and found an RHS article, on that basis I have decided I need both Thanks for your patience and help.
21/01/2014 at 21:26

The annual/fibrous ones tend to be sold cheaply in the likes of B&Q and Homebase, esp after a week of bad weather! You can get trays of them for a few quid if that. Tuberous ones are worth keeping and paying that extra for. Watch out for vine weevils grubs though - been a pest on mine this year.

21/01/2014 at 22:43
Thanks Blair's, will keep a look out for bargain fibrous ones and get the others from the GC, but maybe wait until Match time?
22/01/2014 at 08:20

I kept a deep pink flowered fibrous rooted begonia in a pot on a shady indoor windowsill for years - it always had flowers on it every week of the year - true to it's name semperflorens = ever blooming.

Really easy to take cuttings from too 

http://voices.yahoo.com/how-cut-back-root-begonia-semperflorens-6905454.html?cat=32

22/01/2014 at 09:22

try apricot shades for pots & hanging baskets buy tubers from Thomson & morgan

also try parkers for good value and cheep tubers and they useually get some bulbs

for buying from them

22/01/2014 at 10:01
Thanks Bleep, I have just had a look on the Thompson & Morgan website, I think I will be ordering some on Friday I just need to decide which ones. I will compare the pricing first though as I do like to support my local GC, the owners are lovely and so helpful.
22/01/2014 at 10:06
One more question......am I best buying as tubers or as plug plants, tubers are cheaper it seems, but how easy are they to grow? Presumably if plug plants are sent by the end of March, that means if I am planting as tubers I can get them now and plant?

I will get there eventually!!!
22/01/2014 at 10:44

Hi Tracey,

I bought plug plants of trailing begonias form Jersey Plants. I think it was free P&P and they were really cheap. They were really small when they arrived but I potted them on and they flowered that first year and made tubers.

Like Blairs says Vine weevils are a pest but when the the plants die down in the autumn i soak them in a solution of Provado VW killer. I've kept the tubers for two years now and some of them are about 5inches across now.

I've also bought plugs of pelagoniums form Jersey Plants before. Again very small but flowered well in first year.

Just looked at this years catalogue pelagoniums £14.99 for 180 plug plants

Begonias start at £14.99 for 180 plugs.

 

23/01/2014 at 08:25
Thanks Pam, 180 plug plants, that's a lot......not sure where I'd put all them but a good price
23/01/2014 at 17:56

I WOULD BUY TUBERS AND THEY WILL LAST YOU FOR YEARS IF YOU STORE THEM OVER WINTER,IF YOU BUY PLUG PLANTS YOU WILL GET A VERY SMALL TUBER AT THE END OF THE SEASON,IT IS TO EARLY TO PLANT OUT YOUR TUBERS OR PLUG PLANTS GROW ON IN G/HOUSE OR WINDOW SILL.

GOOD LUCK

23/01/2014 at 18:02

Agree with ??ou BLEEPBLEEP.

Tubers ......corms.....have a year already behind them. Not many of us want hundreds of begonias.

23/01/2014 at 21:58
Ok, tubers it is and they sell them at my lovely family GC so will probably go there. The plug plants, Bleepbleep you said I will get a tiny tuber at the end if the summer, so can that tiny tuber also be stored and then replanted next year? If not I think I will stick with my other bedding plants for general purpose and spend more on tubers.

I'm not planting any out yet don't worry, I'm just trying to decide what to do and it isn't easy....so much choice. Thanks guys/girls for your help, much appreciated
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