Begonia Bonfire Winter Care

Boca_Joe(zone 7A)November 5, 2007

Hi,

this is my 1st year with this plant. It outperformed any begonia (other than Dragon Wing Red). I grew it in a hanging basket and it cascaded down 5' in spite of our heat and drought this summer.

It produced a massive tuber the size of a baked potato. Can i just store it dry and cool over the winter like my cannas?

here is a recent photo (see link)

thanks

Boca Joe

Here is a link that might be useful: Boca Joe's photos

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stogeo

I'm sorry I don't have an answer for you, but MAN-O-MAN, what a beautiful plant! thank you for posting the photo!!

I had some generic tuberous begonias planted outside that didn't do well this summer with the heat and drought. Once the weather changed, and started cool a bit, they started to leaf out again. So just now dug them up and potted them, to see I can get them to bloom again inside. I'm curious to see how they'll do

    Bookmark   November 6, 2007 at 6:01PM
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gree_knees(6a)

Boca Joe, how did your Bonfire do over winter and how did you end up storing it? Anita

    Bookmark   April 11, 2008 at 9:54AM
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Boca_Joe(zone 7A)

hi-

they did fantastic! I saved 3 big tubers. I stored them in fairly dry potting mix in a cool (55-60) room, in a zip lock bag.

I potted them up about 2 weeks a go- they each haver from 3-5 eyes sprouting!

I can;t wait to see how they do this summer from these BIG tubers.

Boca Joe

    Bookmark   April 14, 2008 at 10:34PM
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gree_knees(6a)

Thanks for the update. I saw yours and went out to buy some. Did you have more than one tuber in the basket that trailed 5 feet? I know I'm nosey, but I want mine to look like yours did last year. Anita

    Bookmark   April 15, 2008 at 3:57PM
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Boca_Joe(zone 7A)

Anita-

I bought three plants in 4" pots last spring. Not more than 4-5" high.

I put one plant in that hanging basket. The basket is about 14" diameter- nice and big.

I am going to try growing some this year in pots on the deck and see if they will trail down even further- a curtain of Bonfire!

Boca Joe

    Bookmark   April 15, 2008 at 6:27PM
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Linda's Garden z6 Utah

Wow, that plant is spectacular! I am going right out to see if I can find one at any of the local nurseries. I have only grown regular tuberous begonias so far. I assume the Bonfire begonia also likes a shady area. What king of fertilizer did you give it? I love the pictures of your yard. That is the look I am trying to achieve this year. That totem pole is really cool!!! I think I need one of those too!

    Bookmark   April 25, 2008 at 10:14AM
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Boca_Joe(zone 7A)

Don't baby the plant! They are bred for growing in hot sun and humidity unlike the tuberous ones. You can use any fert -it's not picky.

I had them in partial shade and full sun, they loved both.

Boca Joe

    Bookmark   April 25, 2008 at 8:42PM
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janice__indiana5(Z5 Indiana)

Hi Boca Joe!What beautiful pictures! In the garden center where I work they are failing to thrive. We have ran them dry, moist, more shade less shade, nothing seem to work. Any ideas???

Thanks, Janice

    Bookmark   May 7, 2008 at 7:50PM
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svwhirligig

5/15/08 - Milwaukee - Just bought one of these in full bloom, trailing about 15" below bottom of 12" pot. My plant guru was pinching the ones for sale and gave me the 6" bits with instructions to "Put them in soil...they root easily!" So far so good, after 2 days in the shade. They should tolerate full sun in Wisconsin. (My Non-stop begonias prefer full sun.) Not sure about high winds.

    Bookmark   May 17, 2008 at 12:31PM
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Baylady(Z8 Va)

Oh, my!
Where can I find these babies? They are gorgeous and I have to have one.
Linda

    Bookmark   June 5, 2008 at 10:51PM
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Linda's Garden z6 Utah

I found one on Ebay not too long ago. I looked at all my local nurseries and didn't see any. I planted it in a hanging basket and it is already doing well! I can't wait to see how big it will get!
Linda

    Bookmark   June 6, 2008 at 11:03PM
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sgschm(z9LA)

Springhill Nursery has these for sale. Search for 'bonfire' in their search box. You can also search online for 'springhill coupon' on google and find a code for $25 off of $50.

This is the only place I know of online to purchase them. I have seen them locally just recently, at Home Depot and Lowe's.

I hope this helps.

Here is a link that might be useful: Begonia bonfire boliviensis

    Bookmark   June 7, 2008 at 1:20AM
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greenelbows1(z9--so LA)

Hey, Boca Joe--just have to tell you, you sent a friend of mine some cuttings of your gorgeous 'Bonfire' and she gave me one. It's growing well, and already starting to bloom, and I just have to say how thankful I am to both of you. You have a gorgeous plant there, and I hope mine does half as well! Thank you!

    Bookmark   June 19, 2008 at 12:35AM
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Boca_Joe(zone 7A)

hey Greenelbows-

I can't any credit for those cuttings- they weren't mine.

Good luck with them!

Boca Joe

    Bookmark   June 20, 2008 at 7:30PM
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hostaholic2 z 4, MN

Hi, I'm new on this forum. I grew Bonfire last summer and it was fantastic. I didn't try to save it. I got a new one this year, it's also doing very well. I'm wondering if I can just leave it in the pot, let the soil dry and store it in my root cellar? Boca Joe, if you're out there, did you leave it out through a frost or take it in before a frost? Any advice would be appreciated.

    Bookmark   August 12, 2008 at 9:02PM
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Boca_Joe(zone 7A)

hi Hostaholic-

I dug the tuber before frost hit it. It should be fine in your root cellar as long as it is cool and dry...

good luck

Boca Joe

    Bookmark   August 14, 2008 at 4:20PM
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hostaholic2 z 4, MN

Thanks, I'll give it a try.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2008 at 10:58PM
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Patty zone 5

Hey boca joe,

How are your overwintered plants looking this year? Any new pics you can share?

    Bookmark   August 16, 2008 at 8:48AM
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