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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!
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
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.
It says annual on the website
These ones are tuberous (you lift and keep the brown 'bulbs' and regrow each year)
Tracey-Newbie tuberous begonias look like this.
And fiberous begonias look like this.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
Agree with ??ou BLEEPBLEEP.
Tubers ......corms.....have a year already behind them. Not many of us want hundreds of begonias.