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pandora99

Hi, hope someone can help me out here.

This year I've decided to plant only trailing begonias in my 16" hanging baskets, but don't know how many to plant in each one, or whether to plant them just around the edge and leave the middle clear, or if I need one in the middle too? 

I bought these lovely plants from my local nursery but didn't think to ask their advice at the time.

I know I'll get lots of good advice from begonia specialists on here - its the only place to go!!!!

Elusive

I would say 4 should be enough, maybe 5 at a push

pandora99

Thanks Mattbeer87.  What about the centre - is one required there, or not?  

Elusive

I would have thought not as the leaves from the others should cover this area of the basket

I'd use 2 maximum and add other plants to create more interest, some more trailing (bacopa for example) and some upright...but then that's just my choice!!

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Elusive

The Begonias would probably suffocate smaller plants such as Bacopa. I had Begonias on their own last year and they looked fantastic


 

pandora99

Thanks Lydiaann - I usually do lots of different plants in the baskets but thought I'd do something different this year.

Well, they're planted up now and sitting on black buckets in the greenhouse to let them get going for a few weeks.  Going on holiday on Saturday for 2 weeks so hopefully my neighbour keeps his word and waters them!  They'll probably look like Triffids when I get back - you know how everything seems to grow 3 times larger when you go away..........  even weeds. 

Will post some pics once they start flowering.

 

jatnikapyar

Talking about trailing begonias, Morrisons has got some very healthy looking plants which are ready to plant up. They are of various colours and @£2/= for 4 are good value.

Bye the way, Tesco is selling    "Bizzie Lizzy" plugs @ £3/= for 20. I think it is good value. My concern is that they had a virus a couple of years ago. Are they ok to grow now?  Are they disease free? I hope someone can enlighten us  

Simon Knott

Begonias trailing - I would try 3 or 4 and put a non-trailing one in the middle! Jatnikapyer - I would give the bizzy lizzys a try as they make a great display. However, mine were totally wiped out last year, I think because of the virus.

Elusive

Tescos and their busy lizzies again. I suggest avoiding them like the plague, Tesco are just trying to make a quick buck.

Begonias however are wonderful and I will have a few dotted around the patio this year too

jatnikapyar

Thank you Matt, but why are they allowed?

Elusive

Because unfortunately there is no law against it. 

Daintiness

3 plants in each of the wall  planters.


 

pandora99

How time flies!  As promised - a pic of the hanging basket planted with trailing begonias.  I finally decided on just three plants in my 16" basket and I'm well pleased with the result.


 

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Daintiness

A lovely basket  Pandora - well done. I save mine from year to year, well worth the effort.

Elusive

Well done, they look beautiful ^_^

pandora99

Thank you all.  I must say they turned out better than I thought they would, although they've had a bit of a battering with our strong winds today.

I planted my basket with 3 trailing begonias , plus lobelia and ivy . Everything is starting to bloom , cept the begonia , cant see any buds on it . Got planted up 3/52 ago , is it still a bit early for a how" ? get watered regularly , thanks for any info .

 

I feed mine every 5-7 days with a liquid tomato food which really increases flowers. They can take time to get going especially if you've got chilly winds in your neck of the woods. A bit of warmth and they'll romp away and flowering into late October. They are great value for money.

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