I want to grow Begonia corms in hanging baskets. When should I plant them and do I plant them direct in the baskets or start them off in pots
You can do them either way mac but whichever method you choose, hold on until the weather warms up
I would start them off in pots. That way you won't find you have gaps in the hanging basket display if one or more of the corms fails to grow.
I start mine off in seed trays, just sitting on the top of any old damp compost and once they shoot and get to about 2" tall, I then pot the up.
I've started mine off already indoors In small pots. The ones which have sprouted graduate to the window ledge and once they are a couple of inches tall I'll harden them off and move them to the greenhouse.
Thanks for your replies, I'm away for a few days so will plant them in pots when back.
Esspee when did you plant yours and how quick do they grow?
I planted mine this week indoors, they are quite slow this time of the year but some have made a start they get on when the weather warms up a bit.
It must have been about two weeks ago. They had been wrapped in newspaper in a cardboard box in a cool under stair cupboard. Many of them had chitted (If that is the right word) so I planted them about a centimetre down in multipurpose compost and kept them inside. As they show through the compost I move them to the window ledge where they get loads of light but once growing well I'll move them to the greenhouse under extra protection for a while.
I am no expert but this works for me. Good luck.