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trailing begonias

For the last couple of years I have changed from surfina to begonia in my hanging baskets. I bought tubers but now have to replace them as they don't keep to well or they tend to get very big and therefore awkward to fit in the baskets. My baskets are fairly large cone shaped with a wire mesh construction which does tend to limit the size of tuber I fit inside ( I place them at different heights). 

Browsing the net I find quite  a number of major suppliers are extolling the beauty of Begonia plants, which frankly sounds more accommodating than tubers in my situation. Presumably these plants would have to be purchased each year whereas a tuber could be re-used.  Anyone any thoughts, are the plants as vigorous as tubers for instance?


  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,123

    Having used both for clients I don't think there's much difference to be honest. The plants form corms by the end of the season anyway. Both seem to flower well and a good feeding regime seems to suit both well.

  • I take it you supply baskets to the trade eg pubs etc, so I'm sold on the idea of giving plants an outing, thanks for your input.

  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,123

    No I just buy the plants from garden centre's for some of my clients, I'm a gardener. They both do equally as well.

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