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Can i save my trailing begonias and trailing sushias from my hanging baskets for next year as they grew really big and it seems a shame to waste them.


Begonias-yes-remove form baskets shake off as much of the soil as possible-there will be a small corm with foliage attached

Lay them on some newspaper to dry out-don't remove the old stem until it wilts and comes way from the corm easily

Then store the corms somewhere cool and dry-start back into growth next February /March

The thing too look out for is the dread vine weevil grub that will burrow into the corm and ruin it


Sorry yes Fushias. Many thanks for your help.


Fuchsias -different treatment and a bit more tricky and they don't always survive

First thing to do is to take cuttings as insurance-that way you won't lose out.

Remove the plants from the baskets and remove all the foliage it is going to drop off anyway-cut them back by around half and squeeze into as small a pot as possible-you don't want them growing at all just keeping barely alive-keep them somewhere dry and cool but frost free until next Spring then increase watering to get them going again

Hope all this helps-good luck

That really is a great help as tried keeping them last year without much luck but didn't think to get cuttings first.


Many thanks for all you help.


Thanks Sotongeoff - about keeping begonias. I did keep some over last winter but just hoped for the best. I wasn`t too sure when to bring them in as they are still in flower. They were not quite as good as last year, even new corms but we have had terrible weather. Hoping for a nice weather next week to go out in the garden. I know - I`m a wimp!

Thanks for all those tips about begonias. I have 18 pots/baskets with them and they make a lovely show and i want to keep them. I managed to keep 6 over last winter but forgot when I took them in. Hope its nice for the next 2 weeks to get the garden straight and plants inside. 

I am not sure whether it is worth saving the Begonia bulbs over winter (unless for a few of your favorites ) I have done this in previous years with mixed results This year I bought a few bulbs from Wilkinsons at less than a £1 each, Then 72 plugs mail order,the grown plugs were magnificent. 

dear Mike W thanks for your suggestion not to keep begonia corms, I might try to keep a few that are really good but put the rest in the compost. Were the plugs fibrous root begonias? This year I tried plugs of new ground cover sweet peas - hopeless untidy mess!

Mirabelle,The plugs were fibrous root which were grown on in 75mm pots with heat.As sweet peas can be grown without heat I would not use plugs. Plant sweet pea,s can be planted  this month.

I wanted ground cover & as I like sweet peas thought they would be nice & give me a few cut flowers all summer. They just were untidy & all over the place. I tried to grow some upright but they did not reach the height of normal ones. I simply will not go for new `novelty` plants again. I like the large double flower corm begonias they are so `look at me` but make a good show.

I always keep my begonia corms over winter, some I have had for six or seven years.  I put them into old shoe boxes and store in the shed.  I very raely have to buy new ones.  Golden Showers is my favourite and thry keep coming year after ytear.

can anyone tell me how long roughly should it take to get a begonia tuber to form from a leaf cutting


I think the ones you take leaf cuttings from are the indoor house plants. You save your tubers from year to year.

Bedding begonias (tubers ) you can save from year to year...dry and frost free.

Begonia Rex ( common house plant ) is easy to propagate from leaf cuttings.  Take a good healthy leaf, cut across the veins and lay flat on compost ( pin down if necessary ).  Plantlets will form from the cuts


Hi can any one tell me the very best way to store begonias through winter please? A leading horticulturist says in peat, others say in paper bags and the reast say in nothing other than a box in a dark frost free condition. Also do you have to keep them moist at all or just forget about them?

hi i will take on board the advice given and give it a overwintering trailing begonias.thanks.PS,any further advice would be appreciated.

Hi can you advise me please,

I am on the south west coast of Devon and I have had the worst year in my garden in the 36 years. This year for the first time all my Begonia Apricot shades in my baskets and pots have got mildew. Can I still save the corms for next year as usual or will the mildew have affected the corms and have to be thrown away.

Also this year all my Fushia's and Geranium's have got rust, I am unable to spray as I have a pond with Koi and Goldfish are they a lost cause and need to be thrown away. I usually overwinter them in my little greenhouse. I tried taking all the infected leaves off but it still returned when the new leaves appeared.

All the gareden is kept well watered when needed in such a wet summer.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.


Hi, I too am in Devon north of Plymouth on the edge of the Moors

Last year I just brought the pots inside of large flowered begonias and they were great a couple I accidentally left out and they too were fine.  Now I am going to bring in again I think but am aware I may get vine weevil.

I had an acanthus, Bears Breeches,  which has been really badly affected by mildew for two years now.  Fine previously, but about 8' away I have one which was not affected at all.  The second plant was not quite as sheltered as the badly affected one I put green sulphur on it etc to no avail.  Cut off the leaves finally as it looked so bad and it came again later in the summer with new leaves and was fine.

However, I dug it up and replanted in the garden where there is a better air current.  I sometimes have holyhocks affected by rust but just give them a break for a few years then replant and often don't get it.

Conclusion is that the weather conditions and places in the garden are what determines these things and it is always worth trying a different arrangement for some plants even if they have blight, disease, mildew or rust it is not necessarily born from one year to the next or even one plant to the next.  In theory if you dig up your corms and store them dry they should be fine.

Good Luck it has been a weird year here in the South West weatherwise but a wonderfully beautiful county to live in.


You must live very near to me duskhunter, I’m just outside Tavistock, it has indeed been a dreadful year, apart from a heatwave for about two weeks, I don’t think we’ve had a day where it hasn’t rained, some years we are bailing out bathwater to keep for plant watering, this year, all butts still full. 

As you say, lots of plants mildew, but that’s usual for here too, I take no notice of that sort of thing, you’d be worrying constantly. I try to grow what’s tough and can take the weather,  to make things worse, we are 960ft above sea level, so always windy.

But having lived here now for seven years, am finally sorting out what will overwinter and what grows reasonably well.

this weather does indeed keep our beautiful county green, I used to visit my family in Essex, as I drove up Country I would notice the verges and field gradually turning yellow and parched, when I got to her, she would say that there’s nothing she can do in the garden. Can’t get a fork into it.

so, I would rather have out weather than hers.😀👍🏻