Posted: 15/09/2013 at 09:59
I like begonias as they are easy to grow and need little attention once they have started to grow in the spring. I generally grow them in pots or hanging baskets(depending on variety).I am able to protect them in this way from slugs as they feast on them!
I leave them out till frost is expected and then remove the top growth and store them in their containers( make sure they are dry, or they will rot).I leave them in the garage which is attached to the house and therefore are protected from the frost.
I do the same with the plugs although some of them may not shoot up again in the spring. I usually start checking them in March/April and water and repot them and put them in a unheated GH till danger of frost is over.
I think that it is the frost and wet compost in winter that kills them.
It may seem like alot of work but they do flower their socks off till the frost arrives.