Begonia - One of the Best, But Not the Easiest Plant for Potting

Extremely fine and varied modern species of Begonia is the result of long and careful selection and breeding. When compared with the wild ancestors, it might even seem that this is a completely different plant. First tuberous begonias were brought from America and were different with abundant flowering; however the flowers were quite unprepossessing.

Tuberous begonias perfectly grew in the rooms, but it turned out that in the summer they can be planted in the soil, both in full sun and in shaded areas.

Due to the rapid growth and rich flowering of tuberous begonias, the soil in pots are depleted rather quickly, and it is desirable to transplant the flower into the soft substrate 1-2 times during the summer. At this time, you need to water the plants a lot.

In autumn tuberous begonias enter the peak of development, after which the growth stops. Since that time, they begin to prepare for peace. Gradually you need to reduce watering, and when the leaves fall off the watering is stopped. After about 2 weeks, when the ground is completely dry, the tubers are carefully removed from the container and sorted by size: all bad and rotten are discarded. Healthy tubers are placed in paper bags and stored at a temperature of 5-10 degrees (in refrigerator).

In spring begonia tubers are planted in small pots with light soil. The upper part should protrude slightly above the ground, it facilitates sprouting. With the next replanting the tubers are deepened completely in the ground.

The tubers of begonias can be planted from January to May. The main thing is to define the top of the tuber: the rounded side is immersed in the soil – roots will start to grow from there. The concave flatten side should be turned up. If your begonia does not want to “wake up”, check - maybe you have planted it “upside down”.