Monthly Archives: April 2014

Begonias – one week on from potting up

Like so:


Two out of the three are doing very well; the third I had a little accident with (broke off the biggest leaf!) and I don’t think it’s quite forgiven me yet! Ho hum – I’m sure it’ll catch up eventually.

My large tuber still isn’t really doing a lot, but it isn’t rotting so I suppose that’s something. Do larger tubers take longer to get going than smaller ones for some reason? Wish I knew!

I’m still keeping them inside for the moment as I don’t feel it’s warm enough yet to keep them growing well if I were to put them out during daytime. Give it another week or so and I’ll probably start putting them out to join the fuchsias:


My collection of 48 cuttings taken last autumn through to December. They need better light now than I can give them indoors, so I put them out on the patio during the day and bring them in at night. I’ve been pinching them out now and then for the last couple of months to make them branch out into bushier plants and will select the best of them to grow on for summer display.

The varieties I have are:





Dark Eyes

Marcus Graham

Seventh Heaven



I’m also desperately hanging on to two tiny, rather sad cuttings of Deep Purple and Orange King, but I don’t think they’ll come to anything – I’m a sucker for a lost cause, though, what can I say?!


Begonia tubers – rooted!

A few days ago I felt it was time to move my begonia tubers into individual pots, so I dug them up to find this:


This one was the best of them, but they all had promising root growth so I’m hopeful that they will grow on well.

I potted them into plastic pots of Miracle Gro multi-purpose compost, the pots being just wide enough to contain the tuber + roots. I swithered about adding anything into the mix for extra drainage, but in the end decided not to because this compost seems pretty free-draining as it is – time will tell whether that was the right decision!

I’ve placed them by my north-facing patio door so they’re getting reasonable albeit indirect light. Daytime temperature is in the mid-to-high teens centigrade at the moment so I may consider putting them outside during the day in a little while: I find that once they get going my tuberous begonias soon outgrow my tiddly little windowsills and are better off going outdoors as soon as temperature allows. I do have to lug them back in again over night of course – there can be frosts right into May around here – but with no greenhouse or conservatory I have limited options and need to make the effort.

I haven’t potted up the single big tuber yet because that seems to be moving very slowly. Perhaps in another week’s time it will start to take off, we’ll see!