first begonia

susang84June 7, 2014

I just bought my first begonia last week. Aside from the sunburn it's very pretty. It looks like a nonstop. It has the one large flower with two smaller ones on each side of it. Since it has been moved to a shaded area it's putting up more leaves. I read that these guys can be over wintered. Do I let it go semi dormant and just reduce waterings and feedings or do I let the frost take it and store it in a cool dry area? I live in Iowa so our winters can be pretty brutal at times so leaving it out isn't an option.

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I think you are on top of this. If you remove the side flowers from each 3 blossom flower you will have one larger blosson, it's a common practice with these tuberhybrida. It will not survive an Iowa winter, let it go completely dormant by holding off watering, and you can then dig it and store it.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2014 at 10:31AM
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Thanks. I have it in a pot right now so that will just make things easier come this fall.

    Bookmark   June 14, 2014 at 6:34AM
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