How do I keep a potted begonia to reflower?

ianbrazil(11)March 14, 2013

We bought a huge potted begonia for my wife's mother's 94th birthday. The flowers are now nearly over and the leaves are beginning to crisp. She says we can keep it to reflower next year, however. I imagine it will need to be repotted. Do I cut back the top? Help please....

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First we'll need to know what kind of begonia it is. Do you have a picture?

    Bookmark   March 15, 2013 at 2:44PM
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Begonia tuberhybrida.

    Bookmark   March 15, 2013 at 3:49PM
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OK, tuberous begonias-- let the little guys go dormant naturally. Then you can lift the tuber and store them (although some people leave them in the pots and bring the pots in). The tubers will sprout and start up again on their own time. At that point you plant them (if they are lifted) and begin to water some, give them light, and then if you have any issues with frost wait to set them out until frost is passed.

    Bookmark   March 15, 2013 at 4:07PM
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Thank you. We don't have any frost issues so I can keep this anywhere. Is it OK to cut off the top part of the plant, which is dying anyway and just keep the root or tuber part?

    Bookmark   March 15, 2013 at 9:51PM
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I would wait for it to die back naturally.

Where ever you store it, make sure it isn't in the rain-- you don't want it to rot while dormant.

    Bookmark   March 15, 2013 at 10:55PM
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