Begonia Tuberhybrida for 2013

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Begonia Tuberhybrida for 2013

Post by Dave Brown » Wed Apr 10, 2013 1:34 pm

Not exotic in the normal sense we use on here, but an invaluable plant for bringing colour to baskets, pouches and cascading over a wall icon_thumright

I had Begonia tuberhybrida in my wall pouches last year and my wife liked them so much she asked if I was going to do them again. Here they were in August last year.
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Basically they are trailing tuberous Begonia which are perennials, so I allowed them to dry off after getting frosted in mid December (-3.6C) and left them dry in the pouches over winter. Some of them didn't make it but I have ended up with 32 tubers which have sprouted. I knew they would be too big for a second year in the pouches so ordered some more for late April delivery. This gives a month to grow on before going out on the wall.

There was a problem.... they arrived, a month early, on 30th March in the middle of the freeze. Temps had fallen to -2.8C on the morning they arrived, and that following night temps fell to a whopping -4.8C. The plants were cold and wet, and I fully expected to be on the phone to T & M asking for replacements for when I requested them.
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They were unpacked and given TLC for 24 hours and didn't seem to be too phased by their icy journey. so I planted them up in the pouches. They have to be left laid down for a week to allow the roots to go into the centre of the pouch. Here they are sunning themselves under the growlight :wink:
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I have constructed a a rail to hang them on using a section of baton, as they were earlier than I expected and will have to stay in the conservatory, rather than going straight out into the Lunar Module. Here 10 days after planting up.
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Re: Begonia Tuberhybrida for 2013

Post by Half Hardy » Wed Apr 10, 2013 2:05 pm

Are these the same thing dave? I bought them as Begonia pendula.They were sold as bare corms in a choice of colours,red,yellow,pink,white and orange.I think they were only £1 each.I left some in pots over winter in the polytunnel they are just starting to regrow.Image

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Re: Begonia Tuberhybrida for 2013

Post by Dave Brown » Wed Apr 10, 2013 2:51 pm

Half Hardy wrote:Are these the same thing dave? I bought them as Begonia pendula.They were sold as bare corms in a choice of colours,red,yellow,pink,white and orange.I think they were only £1 each.I left some in pots over winter in the polytunnel they are just starting to regrow.
Yes they do look the same. There are quite a few colour variations. Mine are seed grown to fit in the pouches. The second year ones are larger plants already.

My fireworks non pendulous has a tuber about 8" across now. Will be the size of a football next year :lol:
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Re: Begonia Tuberhybrida for 2013

Post by Tom2006 » Wed Apr 10, 2013 2:56 pm

These are exactly what I'm after. Where can i order some please?
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Re: Begonia Tuberhybrida for 2013

Post by Dave Brown » Wed Apr 10, 2013 3:08 pm

I got mine from here Tom
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Re: Begonia Tuberhybrida for 2013

Post by Half Hardy » Wed Apr 10, 2013 3:32 pm

I would highly recommed a begonia variety called Begonia Switzerland,I had some last year,but i didn't take any photos.They are similar to Daves, a bit more upright,with double red flowers and dark brown(almost black)leaves.Well worth a google image search.

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Re: Begonia Tuberhybrida for 2013

Post by Tom2006 » Wed Apr 10, 2013 6:04 pm

Dave Brown wrote:I got mine from here Tom
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Re: Begonia Tuberhybrida for 2013

Post by Dave Brown » Wed Jun 05, 2013 5:21 pm

They have not done as well this year as I've had to keep bringing them back in due to cold weather. I'm going to hang them up tonight as the best place for them. I have a feeling they don't like the compost as much in the cold conditions.

However, boy are they tough once they get going. One I left planted out last year and assumed wouldn't make it, is back and in the wind blasted front garden as well :ahhh!:
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Re: Begonia Tuberhybrida for 2013

Post by kata » Wed Jun 05, 2013 7:28 pm

I hope all goes ok with the plants Dave,

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Re: Begonia Tuberhybrida for 2013

Post by stephenprudence » Wed Jun 05, 2013 8:13 pm

Difference between tuberosa and tuberhybrida? Is one trailing and the other upright? I have B. tuberosa. Given Begonia evansiana are considered exotic, I guess Begonia tuber types in general should be considered exotic (by us) icon_thumleft

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Re: Begonia Tuberhybrida for 2013

Post by Mr List » Wed Jun 05, 2013 11:05 pm

Dave Brown wrote:They have not done as well this year as I've had to keep bringing them back in due to cold weather. I'm going to hang them up tonight as the best place for them. I have a feeling they don't like the compost as much in the cold conditions.

However, boy are they tough once they get going. One I left planted out last year and assumed wouldn't make it, is back and in the wind blasted front garden as well :ahhh!:
something strange is going on in that location that is providing plants that shouldn't be coming through a way to do so.

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Re: Begonia Tuberhybrida for 2013

Post by Dave Brown » Wed Jun 26, 2013 10:53 pm

Mr List wrote:
something strange is going on in that location that is providing plants that shouldn't be coming through a way to do so.
I think it is the proximity to the property wall, but not 100% sure.

The old tubers that were potted up are now in flower
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Re: Begonia Tuberhybrida for 2013

Post by kata » Sat Aug 17, 2013 7:36 pm

That baton idea is just great Dave,

Is there a difference between pendulum and trailing? My red ones were singles, the yellow doubles.

Fancy sending the plants in the winter we had.. :(

The Images are lovely. The growlight was also handy.

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Now we need to protect them for next year. I want more of the same next year.

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