we may be suffering from the mid-winter blues many home gardeners are
just bubbling with enthusiasm for this year's garden.
These gardeners are starting to seed and propagate plants for
this spring garden. Here's
what they are doing now!
soilless medium is kept just moist until the tubers are well rooted and
growth has started. It is
now time to start transplanting your tuberous begonias into four inch
pots or hanging varieties directly into their hanging basket if space
allows it. Transplant into
a soilless peat moss mix. Fill
the pots half to three quarters full and place your tuber on the surface
of the mix. Then gently add
a small amount of your mix and firm in.
Water in your tubers with a transplanter
fertilizer and place in a bright indirect light or under artificial
lights for 12 to 16 hours per day.
After growth has become well developed add one quarter to a half
inch of potting mix to just cover the tuber.
feedings of 15-30-15 plus iron fertilizer can be used throughout the
begonias come in Camellia, Double, Hanging and Frimbriated type flowers
and in colors of white, pink, salmon, copper, orange, red, scarlet,
yellow and bicolours. Tuberous
prefer a moist, well-drained, slightly acidic soil in partial shade.
They do not like deep shade.
special note on planting Tuberous Begonias.
Always plant with the points of the leaves facing the direction
they are to be viewed from. The reason is that this is the direction that the blooms will
thing many gardeners are now seeding their Fibrous Begonias and
Geraniums. The partial
shade loving Fibrous Begonias are started in a fine soilless mix such as
Peter's Professional Mix. You
can find this at your local garden center.
For easy handling purchase pelletized seed and place them on the
surface of the growing medium and gently water in.
Do not cover the seed and place in a bright area with a constant
70 degree temperature. Mist
regularly to prevent drying out. A
weekly half strength 20-20-20 fertilizer is used after plants are well
up. Fibrous Begonias are
best started under artificial lights running 14 to 18 hours per day
until sizable plants are produced and can be moved to bright indirectly
lit windows until spring planting.