Help With Begonia

secretplanterSeptember 19, 2009

My grandma had begonia's all her life when i was growing up and living with her, and I always loved them. so I recently decided to purchase one. I bought mine when it was very small and I wanted to keep it in a planter. so it immediatley started growing like crazy and blooming. i always use miracle grow. wasnt long until I had to put it a huge planter i have had it maybe two years. this begonia has survived a tornado lol i always leave my begonia inside but once i had placed it outside to get some sun and i had forgotten about it and while i was out a really bad storm and tornado with hail hit our town and i just barely made it home before the tornado hit, when i did get home it was hailing and my begonia had already been blown off my outside table, i ran outside in the hail and scooped up my begonia and replanted it inside (whew) anyway just yesterday it was really nice outside and i decided to set my begonia outside, this begonia is really huge really big flowering everywhere lol so i sat it on my table outside and yesterday evening I look out and its like it is all spread apart and laying over, not wilted or anything just not standing up like it was. so i brought it in and not knowing to to do i had to use some twine and go around it to hold it up. I would like to know why this happened and what can i do to keep my begonia standing upright

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What type of Begonia do you have?

Is it a fancy one or just a tuber begonia? I have mostly tubers and I over winter mine in the crawl space of the house. It is like a Michigan basement, block walls but no floor. Temp is about 43 degree all winter. In march I bring it out, repot it, and set it in front of the patio door with a good watering. As soon as I seet the plant emerging I fertalize and when the weather is about 45 or 50 degree I put it on my front porch for the whole summer. It doesn't like full sun so it only gets early morning sun. Before freezing I bring it in the house and keep it in front of the patio door until it starts to loose the leaves then it goes under the house and I check it every month. Remove anything that has died down.

Some of my plants are 5-6 years old. I got a hanging begonia this year and I will try the same process of overwintering.

I do not know why your drooped. Maybe it got to warm in the sun. If no damage was done maybe it will stand up again.

Good Luck

    Bookmark   September 22, 2009 at 8:52PM
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im sure mine is a tuber it doesnt look like it was damaged do they have like some kind of tall thin sticks for plants that maybe i could tie the drooping part of the plant to? also

my begonia has been in my house all summer i hardly ever have set it outside i do always set it in front of my litchen window to get a little sun and i do keep it watered. so when the cold weather rolls around will the 70 degree heat inside hurt my begonia? i have no basement. any suggestions

    Bookmark   September 24, 2009 at 10:36AM
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