Overwintering begonias is very simple, particularly when they’re tuberous begonias. Storing begonias over winter season is a great method to keep your preferred ranges every year, and save some money too. In this post, I’ll reveal you how to store begonia roots.
Begonias are preferred and typically used in annual pots outside during the summer season. They’re likewise fantastic to add summer-long color to your shade gardens. But did you understand that some begonias have bulbs which can be easily overwintered?
Not just will you get to delight in the exact same beautiful begonia plants year after year, however it will conserve you the expense of purchasing brand-new plants each year. I found this reality rather by mishap several years back.
BRINGING TUBEROUS BEGONIAS INSIDE FOR WINTER.
Simply for fun, I brought numerous of my annual pots into your home in the fall so I might take pleasure in the blossoms for a few more weeks after frost.
I had actually planted a spider plant as a filler in one of the pots that likewise consisted of a tuberous begonia.
After the begonia dropped all of it’s foliage, I didn’t have the heart to get rid of the spider plant so I chose to keep it as a houseplant over the winter.
During the long winter season, I had actually forgotten all about the tuberous begonia in the pot. To my surprise the next spring it started to sprout brand-new growth.
I was thrilled! It grew just as magnificently that summer season as it had the summer prior to.
Ever since, I have actually added a few more tuberous begonias to my collection. The rose like blossoms on these first couple of appeals (images above) are fantastic to bring color to the shade garden under my tree. Begonias bloom all summer season long and are very simple to look after too.
The orange weeping one in this picture is three years old and I have actually never ever taken it out of the pot it currently lives in. I get a lot of compliments on this one, it’s certainly worth keeping.
Overwintering tuberous begonias is simple, basically all I do is keep the pots in a location where they will not freeze throughout the winter and forget them up until spring.
Not all begonias have tubers though, so make certain you read the tag before you offer this a shot. If you find your begonia doesn’t have tubers, you can overwinter it as a houseplant rather. Read this post to find out how to grow begonias as houseplants.
POINTERS FOR OVERWINTERING BEGONIAS.
If your tuberous begonias are planted in your garden, you can collect the tubers after frost has actually killed the foliage and shop them over winter season. Store dahlia bulbs in a cardboard box filled with peat moss, saw dust, coco coir or wood chips (family pet bed linen product works terrific). Or you could use a mix of perlite and vermiculite for keeping begonia roots. Learn all about keeping bulbs for winter season here.
If your tuberous begonia remains in a pot, you can bring it inside prior to frost. Once you bring the plant inside, keep the soil on the dry side and it will gradually begin to go inactive by dropping all of it’s flowers, leaves and stems. When all of the stems and foliage have dropped off, stop watering it.
If you choose, you can leave potted begonias outside and let frost kill the foliage. This will force the plant to go inactive quicker. As soon as the foliage is dead, cut off all the stems and bring pot inside your home for the winter season.
Store potted begonias in a cool dark room, or a space that gets low light. Water sparingly (or not at all) till spring. Do not over water however, or the tubers might rot!
The bulb might continue to send brand-new development throughout the winter season, however this growth will end up being spindly and weak. Cut off any winter development prior to positioning the plant back outdoors.
In the spring, move the pot into an intense place outside and begin watering it. You can add fertilizer if preferred (it’s hit of miss for me). This is the time to repot the plant if it’s root bound. Here’s more information about bringing plants out of inactivity.
Overwintering begonias is simple, and it’s a great method to save your favorite ranges every year. And now that you know how to keep tuberous begonias, you can begin a collection!