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Are run-of-the-mill garden center begonias worth overwintering?

Posted by posyplanter 7 (My Page) on
Sat, Oct 20, 12 at 13:23

I'm a novice when it comes to begonias, so please pardon my ignorance....
I planted some run-of-the-mill garden center variety begonias in window boxes on the east side of our house last spring, and they did quite well. Now that winter is approaching, it seems a shame to just let the frost kill them, but a couple years ago I tried to bring a couple begonias inside and they promptly dropped leaves and died. [I don't think they like our woodstove] I tried running a humidifier, keeping them in a cooler room ect., but to no avail.
Could I keep them in the basement, and if so, should they be cut back or not?

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RE: Are run-of-the-mill garden center begonias worth overwinterin

Are they semps? I knew someone from Iowa who did cut back semps and stored them in his basement for the winter. Garden plants are just as worthy as any others, to save.

RE: Are run-of-the-mill garden center begonias worth overwinterin

I have no idea; they have dark purplish leaves and pink blooms. ??

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