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  • A large genus of sub tropical flowering plants incorporating thousands of varieties. 
  • Most commonly grown are tuberous and bedding (fibrous) begonias.
  • All begonias enjoy a fertile, free draining soil, and dislike wet feet.
  • They prefer dappled sunlight and part shade.
  • They come in a range of flower colours including white, pink, red, yellow, orange. 
  • Tuberous Begonias are usually grown in pots and there are pendulous types particularly suited to hanging baskets.
  • They are summer flowering, though the bedding types will almost flower all year in certain conditions. 


  • Semi shaded, dappled sunlight in warmer areas. 
  • Grow in glasshouse or conservatories in cooler parts.
  • A free draining compost or potting mix is ideal.
  • In the flowering season feed weekly with a liquid or soluble flowering plant food.
  • Tuberous types should be dried off as winter approaches and stored in a dry place until re planting the following spring.

When to Plant

  • Young bedding plants can be planted virtually all year round, except in colder climates where frost occurs.
  • Dry tubers are available ready for planting into pots and baskets, or into the garden, from early spring to early summer.
  • Flowering examples are available for planting during summer months.

Where to Plant

  • Plant in flower beds and borders that get some protection from the hottest summer sun.
  • Tuberous types are excellent for planting in pots and hanging baskets.
  • Use to brighten up decks and patios.
  • Hang pendulous types from pergolas and archways.

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