How to Grow Begonia Bulbs /Tubers
Tuberous begonias are popular all over the world. Not only do they have attractive flowers, but their foliage can be quite interesting, too. They can brighten up both your indoor and outdoor gardens.
1- When to Plant your Begonia Bulbs
If you wish to plant your Begonia bulbs (tubers), do not plant them outside until all danger of frost is past. If you choose to start your Begonia bulbs indoors, begin getting your begonias acclimated to the temperature outdoors in stages. This process should probably begin towards the end of May. After a week, if the threat of frost has passed, you may leave your begonia plants outside all night. Transplant outdoors after the begonias have grown 4 or 5 inches. Mulch around the begonias with 2 inches of compost or wood chips.
2- Where to Plant your Begonia Bulbs:
Choose a location where the soil is well drained. Begonias like a place that is moist and partially shaded. If they happen to be in the sun for most of the day, then you should water your begonias frequently in order to prevent bud drop.
3- How to Plant your Begonia Bulbs:
3- How to Care for your Begonia Bulbs:
The tuberous begonias will bloom from June or July until frost. Plants started indoors will bloom several weeks earlier than those started outside. They do not require much care once established. Keep their soil moist but not soggy; the tubers will rot if they get too much water. Feed Begonias with a well-balanced plant food every 2 to 3 weeks. Deadhead all your Begonias regularly; removing wilted leaves and flowers encourages them to produce more blooms.