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Kez1980Kez1980 Posts: 71
Hi everyone I want some advice on planting begonias from tubers in pots I want to know is there a certain compost to use what position is best and information on storing the tubers after flowering season ie: what do I store them in and is a dark shed suitable for storage of them
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  • Kez1980Kez1980 Posts: 71
    All information will be a great help TIA ????
  • I read that they need good drainage. Anyway I planted my tubers in compost I bought from the pound shop and they're doing well. It's not classed as 'peat free '.

    A cool dark shed should be ok. Put them in newspaper individually. I then hung mine in a net bag that shops sell onions in. This was to help against rot.

    Mine do well in full sun and in alot of shade too. Lovely plant.
  • Kez1980Kez1980 Posts: 71
    Thank you I have always admired these plants in other people's gardens I I had read about the fact they need to be stored away after flowering finishes and I think this is what put me off BUT I think now is the time for a change and I have a large pot I can put a few tubers in
  • PerkiPerki Rossendale - LancashirePosts: 2,217

    Dont bury when planting, the top of the tuber needs to be above the soil are else they will possible rot. I have a picture if it helps. I store them like TGG but in a box in newpaper. 

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  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 20,580
    Perfect Perki, have you tried cutting them in half.?
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • PerkiPerki Rossendale - LancashirePosts: 2,217

    No I haven't cut any of mine in half, I didnt know you could, I got some large ones else. The picture are last years begonias, this year they are just shooting now. 

  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 20,580
    Hold on a mo, I'll put some pics on, if I still have them in stages. Need to change to Chrome, no tool bar here.
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 20,580

     

     

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    Right I'm back. You need to get some Flowers of Sulphur, 2.99 from Amazon, or anywhere you can.

    then, with a sharp knife, cut the tuber through with a couple of shoots on.

    cover all cut sides with the powder, that will stop rot.

    then just pot up as normal.

    so, the pic have come out A about Face, but you  get the idea. Always plant with the tuber a bit proud of the compost so they drain and don't stay wet for too long.

     

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Kez1980Kez1980 Posts: 71
    Thanks everyone much appreciated
  • Lorna95Lorna95 Posts: 436

    Well Lyn you learn somethink new everyday, I didn't know you could do that either, It's great that you showed your photo's, make sense. Think I will have to try this, thanks Lyn.image

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