|Sun Exposure||Full shade to partial shade|
|Soil Type||Well-drained acidic, clay, loamy or sandy soils|
|Soil pH||Slightly acidic|
|Bloom Time||Summer to frost|
|Flower Color||White, yellow, pink, red, orange|
|Hardiness Zones||3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 (lift in zones 3-8)|
|Special Features||Popular for hanging baskets, begonia's bright flowers brighten shaded patios and gardens.|
One of the most popular, shade-loving plants for hanging baskets and containers, begonias are known for their bright flowers and long flowering period. These tender perennials are also planted as bedding plants. Used to symbolize gratitude and peace, begonias are available in an array of colors, including white, yellow, pink, orange and red hues. Their habit may be upright or trailing.
At K. van Bourgondien, our garden professionals are always looking for begonia varieties that offer spectacular colors and garden performance. With our wide selection of begonia tubers for sale, you're sure to find the right color and type of begonia to fit your garden or container planting, and you can count on K. van Bourgondien to deliver high-quality begonias to your door.
When selecting begonia flowers for planting, you have many color choices as well as plant habits. Here are some of the most popular begonias to grow.
To be ready for planting season, many gardeners buy begonia tubers online in late winter to early spring. Many northern gardeners will start begonia tubers indoors about six weeks before the last spring frost in their area. The begonia plants are then transplanted to the garden or moved outdoors after the danger of spring frost has passed. While begonia tubers can be planted outdoors after the danger of frost has passed, they may not bloom until late summer or early fall in northern areas of the country. In more southern regions, begonia tubers may be directly planted outdoors in containers or the garden.
Begonias are tender perennials, and can overwinter outdoors in zones 9-10. Gardeners in zones 3-8 either grow begonias as annuals or lift the tubers in the fall and store them indoors over winter. To determine, your grow zone, use our hardiness zone map.
Begonias are shade-loving plants and grow best in filtered or full shade. Most varieties don't like the hot afternoon sun. Begonias also perform best in well-drained, slightly acidic soil. If planted in poorly drained soil, their tubers may rot. To improve your soil drainage, add compost, peat moss, loam or sand.
Planting begonias is easy. Here's how to plant tuberous begonias. Plant tubers in potting soil, round side down, and about 1" below the surface. Water well and keep in a warm, semi-shady area. After danger of spring frost has passed, the begonia plants can be transplanted to the garden. In garden settings, begonias should be spaced 12" apart. In containers, they should be spaced 4-5" apart.
To plant begonia tubers, you'll need a high-quality potting soil and containers with good drainage. Once the plants start growing, begonias benefit from an all-natural, slow-release plant food, such as Van Bourgondien 100% Natural Bulb Food.
Begonias love attention, so be sure to remove dead flowers for better blooming capabilities. Most begonia varieties prefer consistently moist soil. Don't allow the soil to dry out between watering, but also don't overwater. Most begonias thrive in cool, shaded environments. Make sure the plants are protected from hot afternoon sun and high winds.
Many gardeners bring begonias indoors in the fall and overwinter them as houseplants. Others grow begonias indoors year-round. When growing begonias indoors, allow the soil to dry slightly between watering. Because indoor settings often have lower humidity than outdoor summer settings, set the pots on a tray with pebbles, so the pots are sitting above, not in, water. Avoid placing your begonia plants near heater vents.
Your begonias will need some light, and often windows facing the east, west or south are the best. You can also use grow lights.
One of the joys of gardening is sharing plants with friends. Tuberous begonias are propagated by cuttings. In the spring, separate the newer side plants and replant with fresh soil.
Begonias can overwinter in the garden in zones 9-10. Gardeners in zones 3-8 can grow begonias as annuals, dig up the tubers in the fall and store them in a frost-free location, or bring begonias indoors and treat as houseplants.
To save begonia tubers over winter, wait until after the first fall frost. Then dig up the tubers and cut the stem away from the tuber. Allow the tuber to dry or cure for about a week, and then store the tubers in a paper bag in a cool location, such as a basement, during winter. Do not allow the tubers to freeze.
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