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Begonia Glowing Embers Propagation and Care

My wife just bought a lovely Begonia 'Glowing Embers' and I was wondering how to propagate it as I read that it was and annual but I was a bit unsure as to the truthfulness of that bit of info. Also how do I care for it and bring it through the winter if it's not an annual. I could find some space in my unheated carnivorous plant greenhouse.


  • rosytoesrosytoes Posts: 10

    I have taken them indoors Richard and treated them like house plants they flowered for long while then went straggly  but had extended enjoyment out of them .

    I just hate throwing them away when summer over so best comes indoors.

    I have a small begonia red/orange tubular shape flower long narrow drk grn leaves no name on tag any ideas as to its name,havent seen this variety before very pretty tag says for garden so it will stay in pot and come indoors end  of summer



  • Can I take cuttings of the begonia glowing Embers, it's glowed all summer it seems a shame to throw it away! Any ideas or suggestions gratefully received.


  • please tell me how to propogate glowing embers - thank you 

  • From what I've read, it is an annual and does not make a corm like other Begonia. That said, I've overwintered the bedding Begonia in the past because they were a gift and they came through and flowered well the following year. I'll be trying the same thing with mine, bring inside when the frost arrives or when it gets really cold and the plant does'nt produce more flowers.I cut them back so to reduce stress on the plant but leave about 10cm or so of stems. Watered  sparsely over the winter and keep frost free with as much light as possible. 

    If anyone knows a better way then so much the better.

  • MarranMarran Posts: 181
    @ladygardener2 Have you any tips for overwintering "Glowing Embers"?  Were you successful? 
  • I tried overwintering a large one last year but with no luck. If I buy one another year I’ll try taking cuttings. 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • MarranMarran Posts: 181
    Thanks @Dovefromabove. I tried last year too and failed miserably.  Guess it's too late to take cuttings now; I'll try and overwinter the smallest plant indoors as LadyGardener2 planned (unless she comes back with more tips).
  • I've got one and it is now in its third year of flowering, so no need to throw it away. :)
    It is a tender perennial and will die back after flowering and needs to be kept some where that is not too cold. Mine lives in my back porch, which is like a mini conservatory, as the weather here can be a bit too brutal for tender plants outside. I let it get fairly dry over winter but give it the occasional drink so it doesn't dry out completely.
    You can usually see a few buds or tiny leaves at the centre and when light levels pick up again they begin to grow and that is when you increase the watering. I  feed mine with seaweed for the leaves at first and then tomato feed to encourage the flowers. I would re-pot it in the spring into a larger pot, using a mix of John Innes (2 or 3)and multi purpose compost, as it needs something with a bit of oomph to sustain its floral display.
    It's a lovely plant and well worth a bit of effort. Mine is positioned where the late afternoon sun shines through its petals and it looks glorious.
  • Thanks @Buttercupdays 🙏 
    I’ll get another next year and try it that way ... it looks great on the table on our terrace ... I’ll Bookmark this thread 👍 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

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