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This year is going to be the year of the begonia in my hanging baskets, I have read they thrive in manure.

Would putting chicken pellets be good or bagged farm manure be better. 

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  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,865

    I’ve not heard of that, mine thrive in ordinary potting compost. If you feed them too much you will get lots of green and no flowers. Best to wait until they start flowering then feed with Tomorite or similar.  That is what I do.

    I’ve just started mine off in seed trays, bit early but they were shooting. 

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • This is my first year growing begonias so looking for advice, it was in the Dr D G Hessayon bedding plant book I read about manure. 

  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,865

    Please let us know your results in the autumn, be interesting to see if they benefit. 

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Will do. 

  • PageZPageZ Posts: 86

    Hi. This is also the first year of growing begonia for me and they will be in my first ever hanging basket!

    I currently have violas in it and plan to let the begonia join them in April.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,320

    Hi PageZ image

    Depending on where you are and the projected last date of frost, it may be that April is a little early to put begonias out in your hanging basket. 

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • PageZPageZ Posts: 86
    Dovefromabove says:

    Hi PageZ image

    Depending on where you are and the projected last date of frost, it may be that April is a little early to put begonias out in your hanging basket. 

    See original post

     Thanks for the advice Dovefromabove! It probably is. I have been waiting for the warmth and clearly am getting inpatient...

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