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Begonia tubers

I thought I had purchased plug plants but they are bulbs. The last time I order Begonia tubers less than half germinated. The instructions say to plant in shallow boxes containing a mixture of loam/ leaf mould/sand. Can I buy a mixture like this? Sorry about my ignorance. I do have some rotted leaf mould but not sure what is meant by " loam". Help please.


  • Keep it simple-forget the technical terms

    Pot up in to individual pots into multipurpose compost with the top of the corm just below the surface-water-keep somewhere warm-they will soon shoot and grow away

  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 11,168

    Also useful to know that the side of the tuber with the indentation [ saucer shaped ] should be placed uppermost.

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  • Thanks to you both!
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