Tuberous Begonia


Latin pronunciation: (buh-GOH-nyuh too-ber-HIB-ri-duh)

Spectacular bloomers, tuberous begonias send up flowers in a variety of colors, sizes, and shapes.

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  • LIGHT: Expose to medium (bright indirect) light during active growth, dark during dormancy.
  • WATER: Keep constantly moist during active growth. Water less after foliage starts to yellow, then stop during dormancy. Raise humidity.
  • TEMPERATURE: Maintain average temperatures during active growth and cooler temperatures during dormancy.

Comments:

Plant tubers, hollow side up and barely exposed, in shallow pots; use soil high in organic matter. Keep moist and at 70 degrees to spur growth. Water and feed regularly. After bloom, water less until leaves wilt. Clean and dry tubers; store in cool, dry, dark place. Or, leave in pot on side in similar spot. Propagate by cutting shoots (eyes) off tubers. Use as tip cuttings.

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