Starting stored tuberous begonas in pots

linnea56(z5 IL)March 21, 2006

Last fall I brought in all my tuberous begonias that were planted in pots and put them in the cool basement windows. They were interplanted with annuals but I figured those would die, and the begonias would be dormant under the soil. I started out watering with good intentions but gradually stopped. (It's the basement, have to carry water down. Sooner or later I forget they're there.) Now everything looks dead. My mother used to store hers every winter in the basement, but I don't remember any details.

Do you think the begonias are alive under the dirt? Is it worth while starting to water again?

When I planted these outside in their pots last May, they took so long to sprout I thought they were duds. That's partly why annuals were planted over them. So if starting earlier gets me bloom, I'll try it. How do I tell if these are dead?

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Cybersunday(z5 ca)

Just touch the bulb, if it is firm, it will grow, if it turned to mush, just discard it. I always start my begonias in pots. Do not have them burried to deep, just cover them slightly with soil and they will take off. I used to do a different method,starting them in the dark but found out this was just a waste of time.

    Bookmark   April 7, 2006 at 9:32AM
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linnea56(z5 IL)

Since the dirt in the pots in totally dry, they probably won't be mushy. Maybe shrivelled up?

    Bookmark   April 7, 2006 at 6:55PM
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