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I have grown a bush begonia and a trailing begonia.
I think I've not reared it very well as they both have massive 'stalks about 2 feet long with a diameter of about 2 inches. The flowers appear on these stalks.
Should I have 'pinched the stalk out or something ?
Whatever you should have done-it is to late now-is this indoors or outdoors?
I find they just naturally branch
They were both outdoors.
Yes, I appreciate its too late now, but I need to know what I did wrong !
Where and when did you start them off?
If you have a picture then please post it, someone here will know what is up with them.
I'll post the photos tomorrow.
I overwintered them in the shed. They took a long time to shoot before I planted them out in the garden.
All your help is much appreciated
You may have kept them in too low a light situation, and too warm, before planting out, or you might have done nothing wrong. The thick stem is normal on some of the big-flowered varieties, and the length isn't too extreme. No, don't pinch them out - that will lose the first, and largest, flower.
The white bush type (see picture) to my unpractised eye looks ungainly owing to the bulky stem. I heard something about pinching out the female flowers (?) or am I going mad ?
Thanks again for all your helpful contributions !
They are growing sideways
It is the smaller female flowers-not male- you are supposed to remove to get a bigger flower-frankly I don't bother
It may be as Alina says just the variety or lack of light
The trailing one was not what I expected-it looks fine to me.
I don't think you have anything to worry about
OK ... I'll have to plant other things with it to disguise the bits I don't like then !
Its OK in a pot isnt it ?
Yes-it is fine-you might find next year it will squatter-perhaps make it a central feature in a larger container?