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Re: begonia luxurians

Post by Dave Brown » Fri Oct 25, 2013 11:32 am

I don't think "root hardy"is the correct term, as they won't sprout from a root. What actually happens is they sprout from the stem at a leaf node below ground level, providing it is planted deep enough.

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Begonia luxurians in front garden
Begonia luxurians in front garden
8ft tall Begonia luxurians sprawling over
8ft tall Begonia luxurians sprawling over
Begonia luxurians in back garden
Begonia luxurians in back garden
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Re: begonia luxurians

Post by miketropic » Fri Oct 25, 2013 12:21 pm

mine didn't get the pink stem like yours Dave, it was more of a dark purple color. its from the UK so should be about the same.

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Re: begonia luxurians

Post by Delboy » Fri Oct 25, 2013 1:39 pm

Dave Brown wrote:I don't think "root hardy"is the correct term, as they won't sprout from a root. What actually happens is they sprout from the stem at a leaf node below ground level, providing it is planted deep enough.

Here are my 3
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Re: begonia luxurians

Post by simon » Fri Oct 25, 2013 10:45 pm

Delboy wrote:
Dave Brown wrote:I don't think "root hardy"is the correct term, as they won't sprout from a root. What actually happens is they sprout from the stem at a leaf node below ground level, providing it is planted deep enough.

Here are my 3
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Surely if the roots survive winter in the ground, then it is root hardy. If some of the stem survives below ground too then it is better than root hardy.

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Re: begonia luxurians

Post by Dave Brown » Sat Oct 26, 2013 8:48 pm

simon wrote:
Delboy wrote:
Dave Brown wrote:I don't think "root hardy"is the correct term, as they won't sprout from a root. What actually happens is they sprout from the stem at a leaf node below ground level, providing it is planted deep enough.

Here are my 3
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Surely if the roots survive winter in the ground, then it is root hardy. If some of the stem survives below ground too then it is better than root hardy.
Good point Simon icon_thumright but if the stem completely dies it won't re-sprout from roots, so I still think 'root hardy' is not quite correct.

When planting out, plant as deep as possible to ensure multiple stem nodes underground. It will root from all nodes, but only re-sprout from frost free nodes :wink:
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Re: begonia luxurians

Post by Delboy » Sat Oct 26, 2013 8:51 pm

So I wonder if my 5ltr plant is worth potting up into a 10 ltr and planting that bit deeper.

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Re: begonia luxurians

Post by Dave Brown » Sat Oct 26, 2013 9:02 pm

Delboy wrote:So I wonder if my 5ltr plant is worth potting up into a 10 ltr and planting that bit deeper.
I always repot putting the rootball on the bottom of the pot and backfilling around the stems :wink:
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Re: begonia luxurians

Post by Delboy » Sat Oct 26, 2013 9:26 pm

Nice one, will do that asap.

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Re: begonia luxurians

Post by miketropic » Sat Oct 26, 2013 10:28 pm

Dave Brown wrote:
Delboy wrote:So I wonder if my 5ltr plant is worth potting up into a 10 ltr and planting that bit deeper.
I always repot putting the rootball on the bottom of the pot and backfilling around the stems :wink:
Do you ever have problems with stem rot from this?

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Re: begonia luxurians

Post by Dave Brown » Sun Oct 27, 2013 12:53 am

miketropic wrote:
Dave Brown wrote:
Delboy wrote:So I wonder if my 5ltr plant is worth potting up into a 10 ltr and planting that bit deeper.
I always repot putting the rootball on the bottom of the pot and backfilling around the stems :wink:
Do you ever have problems with stem rot from this?
No, but they cannot tolerate poor drainage and wilt dramatically :ahhh!:
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Re: begonia luxurians

Post by Blairs » Mon Oct 28, 2013 9:07 pm

Dave Brown wrote:
Delboy wrote:So I wonder if my 5ltr plant is worth potting up into a 10 ltr and planting that bit deeper.
I always repot putting the rootball on the bottom of the pot and backfilling around the stems :wink:
So it is like plunging leggy Impatiens/Lavender in a pot, cover with soil, to get lots of new plants as the stem will produce roots. Might try that with Begonia luxurians as I have a list of people who want some.

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Re: begonia luxurians

Post by Lys » Mon Mar 03, 2014 1:01 pm

Dave - I know this is an older post but was looking for info on B. luxrians...then I saw your photos. Third photo, right hand corner shows a lovely dark leaved variagated plant. Please can you tell me what it is and where you got it! (I have been looking for strobilanthes last year with no success and this would be an ideal alternative). icon_cheers

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