Begonias: Flamboyant and Colorful Plants for Bedding, Pot, and Hanging Basket Displays.
Woolpit Nurseries offer a wide variety of garden bedding plants, including the flamboyant and colorful begonias. Although they have a reputation for being old-fashioned, the new varieties of begonias are bold and different from their traditional counterparts used in bedding schemes. These plants are great for garden beds, pots, and hanging baskets. Some begonias have long-lasting, showy flowers in neon shades that are perfect for pots and baskets, while others have eye-catching foliage.
Begonias thrive best in partial shade and provide continuous color throughout the summer until the first frosts. They are easy to care for and make a welcome addition to a shady patio or border. Trailing begonias, known for their large, showy blooms in both double and single-flowered varieties, are particularly impressive. These flowers come in a range of vibrant colors and cascade beautifully from containers such as baskets, patio pots, and window boxes.
To create a warm and inviting entrance, hanging trailing begonias in baskets on either side of the front door is a great option. Alternatively, scatter them throughout the patio to add a pop of lush color. With their ability to thrive in full sun or partial shade, trailing begonias bloom abundantly throughout the summer months.
Quick facts about Begonias
- Start growing in early spring and transplant outside after any frosts in mid-May
- Grow in sun or partial shade
- Water regularly and feed weekly with a high potash fertiliser like tomato feed.
- Well suited to containers and hanging baskets
- Long-lasting continuous blooms throughout the summer.
- Grow to height and spread of 6-20 inches
- Vibrant and flamboyant flowers
- Not winter hardy
Frequently Asked Questions – How to grow Begonias
Begonias are widely popular as bedding plants, and they can thrive in containers, hanging baskets, and beds with ease. It’s advisable to find a spot that provides partial shade since begonias are not fond of excessive sunlight and heat, although certain varieties can endure more sun exposure than others.
Begonias thrive in areas with dappled or partial shade and sun, but be aware that direct sunlight can cause the foliage to burn. If you’re cultivating begonias in a greenhouse, you may need to provide shading. Tuberous begonias are an excellent choice for container gardening and are well-suited for growing in pots or hanging baskets.
For the optimal growth and blooming of tuberous begonias, it is recommended to plant them during the spring season. If you plan to plant begonias outdoors, it is advisable to wait until May when the possibility of frost has diminished. For optimal results, water the plants on a regular basis and provide them with a high potash fertilizer, such as tomato feed, once a week.
To grow begonias, use multi-purpose compost that is free of peat and plant them in an area that receives dappled sunlight or partial shade. Tuberous begonias should be planted during the spring season. It’s recommended to wait until May to plant begonias outside to avoid any potential frost damage. To maintain their health, water the begonias regularly and fertilize them once a week using a high-potash fertilizer such as tomato feed. When autumn arrives, remove the tubers from tuberous begonias and store them in a cool, frost-free location for the winter. For fibrous-rooted varieties, either bring them indoors during the winter or discard them as annuals by adding them to the compost heap.
In March or April, begonia tubers should be planted individually into pots or a seed tray with the hollow side facing up. Plant them at a depth of 2.5cm and place them in a warm location that maintains a minimum temperature of 18°C. When the leaves start to emerge, transplant them into larger pots containing peat-free, multi-purpose compost.
Taking care of begonias is easy. Ensuring that the plants receive sufficient water is essential, but it’s important to let the soil dry out between waterings. This is particularly crucial for tuberous begonias since they are prone to rot in soil that’s constantly saturated with water.
Trailing begonias offer an abundance of colorful flowers that beautifully cascade from any type of container, whether it’s a hanging basket, patio pot, or window box, making them a great choice for those who enjoy either the grand, full blooms of double-flowered varieties or the refined beauty of single ones.
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