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Being very new to the garden 2nd year i bought a dozen large trailing begonia corms 3" approx a couple of months ago . I want to plant 3 hanging baskets with them 4 in each 14" basket
I have a greenhouse with a paraffin heater .
I'm not sure when or where to start them off ? in trays or straight in the baskets ?also how deep to plant them . I have a mini greenhouse set up in the spare room with heating on as i am trying a few dfferent seeds ( fingers crossed) so i could put them in there .
Would be VERY thankful for any tips and advice , oh i live in the scottish borders .
Hi Mike, as long as your tubers are kept in frost free conditions they should be fine. Plant them hollow side up and don't bury them. Water the compost from the bottom so as not to rot the tubers at this stage or just pot them into damp soil but don't let it get soggy or dry out. Place them in a light situation (possibly a window ledge) and wait for them to sprout. Hope this helps, good luck
Mike perhaps I should have added that it doesn't matter whether you plant the corms in pots or directly into their baskets but watering may be easier in individual pots. Trays are a bit shallow as the corms need room to make good strong root growth.
I threw Begonia Tubers up the top of the garden by accident the year before last after they died off. When I looked up there in August last year there were flowers everywhere. Bearing in mind my soil is very heavy clay this leads me to believe they cant be that hard to get going
Ive popped 3 in my hanging basket cone for this year. Im expecting that to be more than enough.
I think its either 14inch or 16inch, so 3 in each should Be fine I would guess.
I will be putting 3 in each of my 12" pots. You don't need too many as if fed they really do grow well.
I must admit I put slow release granuels mixed with water saving gell when I make them up then try to feed with liquid feed weekly. Last year was too wet to give the liquid feed, it would have run straight through with the rain.