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05/04/2014 at 16:05

When my begonias get bigger should I pinch out the tip of the main growing shoot?  Last year they just kept growing from the one shoot (on each plant) and got so long most of them broke of. It happened on 4 out of 5 plants.   Yes, I know it might be a silly question, and I can't find anything about this so what's to be done?  Many thanks Mags.

05/04/2014 at 18:15

I have never pinched out the shoots on mine as if you look they do not 'branch but grow stems from the corm

05/04/2014 at 20:52

Matty,  Would pinching out the tip when the main is growing well encourage the corm to produce more shoots from the corm then?  Mags 

05/04/2014 at 23:58

I think that may be to the detriment of the flowers. Not sure but have grown them for some years and would hesitate.

From one corm you should get several main shoots from which will come the flowers

The stem bud shoots should be growing now.

Others may think differently. You could experiment with one to see what happens but...........

 

There are different types of begonias, sometimes it is just the weight of the flowers that make them trail downwards.

06/04/2014 at 18:56

I've got lots of shoot on all 5 of them.  BUT this happened last year and then only on shoot on each did well to give lots of flower - then the broke in August and Sept.  Howerver, I've found one of last years corms just starting to sprout so I will experiment with that as it's a different colour so I don't really want it  and can afford to sacrifice it! Many thanks all, Mags

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