Return to the Begonia Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
Winterizing bulbs

Posted by bobbybegonia OntarioCanada (My Page) on
Wed, Dec 15, 04 at 18:28

I live in southern Ontario, Canada.
I pulled my begonia bulbs out of the garden when it began to get cold and left the foliage on as I was instructed to allow it to die off on it's own (apparently to reduce chance of disease.) The bulbs still have roots and a lot of soil clumped on to them. Should the bulbs be cleaned somehow before putting them in sawdust or should I leave them as they are?
Thanks
Bob


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: Winterizing bulbs

At this point in time, you can gently brush any loose dirt from the bulbs. The stems should come off with a very gentle tuck (if they don't, cut the stems a few inches above tuber level, but do not pull the stem off).

I like to put them in a flat bed of dry vermiculite in the basement, but sawdust or wooden shavings will work als).

You can leave them as they are, if you like, however.


 o
RE: Winterizing bulbs

  • Posted by bmchan z5 central MA (My Page) on
    Wed, Dec 29, 04 at 23:51

The stems are left on to allow the tuber to cure. The contents of the stem nourish the tuber. Using your hands, scrub off the dirt. Soak the tubers in water and rinse off the rest of the soil. You can strip off the roots at this point. When they dry store them in sawdust. If you feel any mushy tubers, discard them.


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the Begonia Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here