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I live in Pakistan and am a great fan of flower gardening. This year I imported plug plants of primula, begonia, and calibrachoa from UK and tried my level best to protect them from the extreme heat of Pakistan; unfortunately none survived although I provided them with ideal controlled temperature in a glassed refrigerator and under grow lights.
Could you suggest some measures to protect them? My local primula are thriving in the refrigerator and have come to flowering, therefore it is strange for me as to why imported ones have not survived. Then I have planted geraniums in Jiffy's; they are growing very fast, but I suspect that they might wilt; the only cause that seems to me is excessive heat around 90 F. Kindly give me some advice.
I would suggest trying to grow them underground in a basement or other area because I do not know how else to protect them from the awful heat. As well, they might need specific nutrients that your soil is just not providing.
Can you remove some of the leaves from Begonias?
Hardiness Zone: 1
By horses11 from UK
Yes, you can.
Caring for a Tuberous Begonia Q: I was given a tuberous begonia, which is beautiful, but I don't know how to care for it. Should it rest for a while after the blossoms go by?
Anna from Maine
In the summer, tuberous begonias appreciate consistently moist (not wet) well-drained soil that is slightly acidic. Over-watering can cause stems to rot off at the base and can make plants susceptible to powdery mildew. Tuberous begonias do best when located in light shade positioned so plants get plenty of air circulation. Fertilize them once a month with a balanced fertilizer and remove spent blooms. After your tuberous begonia spends the season producing beautiful flowers for you, it will need to rest. If potted, bring it indoors before the frost and let it die off naturally. When stems become brittle, dig out the tubers and dry them in a sunny window for 3-4 days until skins harden. Place them in sand or peat moss and store them in a cool, dry place at temperatures of 45-50 degrees). A month before you expect to replant them outside, place tubers in small pots and bring them into warmer temperatures until they sprout.
The main thing I know about this type of begonia is that the tuber will rot if it gets too wet. The best way to water them is to put a saucer under the pot (preferably a terra cotta pot) and put the water into the saucer. The plant will drink the water from the bottom up, and that way, you won't over water it, and the tuber won't rot. I have always been under the impression that certain types of begonias can be made to continue blooming. I would feed it with a good plant food every several months. I prefer the longer acting kind. I would also continue to water it even when it isn't blooming. Just because it isn't blooming doesn't mean that the foliage and roots don't continue to need the nourishment. The flowers on these begonias are gorgeous, and look like little roses. If you care for it well, you can keep it growing for a very long time. As it gets larger, the roots will probably start to take over the pot, so you will probably need to consider repotting it in a year or two. I recommend repotting it when it is not blooming, so that you don't stress the plant at that critical time. I also recommend giving it plant food when you repot it. Good Luck. I envy you! I love tuberous begonias!
I was told to wet pine straw to line a hanging basket. Will this be safe for all kinds of begonias?
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My angel wing begonia. I purchased it two summers ago, and it half-heartedly bloomed. I brought "her" inside for the winter, where she proceed to die back. I decided to look through the dirt inside the flower pot last spring, and found her dried-up little tuber. On a hunch, I placed it in a new flower pot with quality soil back outside, watered her when dry. Lo and behold, she started to sprout and grow and gave me these incredibly beautiful blooms! She's been doing it all summer. I'm so glad I instinctively saved her!
South New Jersey
This yellow Non-Stop Begonia is beautiful and has been blooming constantly.