A tuberous-rooted begonia is a beautiful plant to
grow. It has lovely double-flowers as well as textured
foliage. They make excellent potted plants as well as
bringing color to summer gardens.
In order to get the earliest flowers, you should start
your tubers off by letting them sprout in a seed tray
or in a box of damp potting soil in the months of
February or March.
Space them approximately two inches apart, and do not
bury them too deeply. The top side should just be
covered by a surface layer of potting soil.
The begonias like to be put in a temperature of about
64 degrees Fahrenheit. However, they do not seem to
mind higher temperatures.
After the tubers have sprouted and you can see small
leaves, transfer the tubers to a five inch pot and
cover them with compost. Since you will probably be
using the begonias in an outdoor garden, begin getting
your begonias acclimated to the temperature outdoors
This process should probably begin towards the end of
May. After a week, if the threat of frost has passed,
you may leave your begonia plants outside all night.
Begonias like a place that is moist and partially
shaded. If they happen to be in the sun for most of
the day, then you should water your begonias
frequently in order to prevent bud drop.
As the plants continue to grow and buds begin to form,
the begonias should be given a regular liquid feed
every ten days or so. This will help to promote good
growth as well as an abundance of flowers!