One-inch tubers will result in smaller plants. Anyone can take one plant and multiply it into numerous identical offsets. Cover the pot with a clean, clear plastic bag and either tie off or tuck the ends of the bag under the pot to secure and to create a greenhouse effect. Some species branch abundantly, others tend to produce few ramifications, even when you pinch them. Begonias brighten up shady areas with their colorful blooms. Originally rex begonias had leaves that were more or less ear-shaped, but there are now varieties with star-shaped and even spiral leaves. Start watering more abundantly when the plant shows signs of new growth. Especially don’t expose tuberous begonia seedlings to short days, as they are long day plants and therefore need days longer than 12 hours in order to bloom. Each year the National Garden Bureau declares a “year of” that features four plants: one vegetable, one perennial, one annual, and for the first time in 2016, one bulb. At that season, however, days are still short, yet begonias need good light to germinate. The Begonias are native to moist subtropical and tropical climates. There are now many other varieties in shades of red, orange, yellow, pink and white. In the Tropics, they are treated as perennials or small shrubs. Maintenance and multiplication is exactly like hybrid tuberous begonias and it fact, it is one of the parent species of this group. Most are mainly grown for their attractive and often very colorful foliage. Despite their theoretical winter bloom, nurseries now offer hiemalis begonias all year long, even as bedding plants for the summer garden. Nearly 15,000 hybrids of these popular plants exist. Retrieved on 26 October 2018. Their foliage is often the main attraction: it often shiny, hairy, purple, red, or dotted with silver. Over time, however, many sun-tolerant tuberous and wax begonias have been developed and they do well in full sun, at least in northern regions. When allowed to hang over a sill or edge, they form a very interesting display of hairy, red-hued leaves. Even under the best circumstances, begonias can be finicky to propagate and the failure rate can be quite high. Bolivian Begonia (B. boliviensis and its hybrids). Only male flowers of tuberous begonias have double flowers. C4. They have the basic leaf structure of a true begonia (although they are not true begonias), but as they mature, the plants send out long, thin runners that end in clusters of leaves. Multiplication: seed and stem cuttings. Rex begonias are propagated in the same ways as other rhizomatous begonias and require much the same care. Dig up and divide your begonia tubers in the late spring or late summer while the plant is in its active growth phase. After all, how can you bring order to chaos? Spray the container with warm water and put the seed container in a clear plastic bag or inside a mini-greenhouse. One way begonias make babies is with a little help from gardeners like us. These shade-loving plants bring mounds of color when planted under trees or tucked in planters, hanging baskets, or window boxes. Cultivar Selection. Begonia ‘Million Kisses’ series: features plants with a semi-trailing habit and which are ideal for hanging baskets and containers. There are usually distinct nodes (bumps) on the stem; The flowers are quite distinctive, with two opposite sepals much larger than the pair of much smaller petals, borne at right angles to the sepals. As a result, germination can be poor or irregular and initial growth almost nil. Long considered houseplants, rex begonias have begun to star in shadier parts of the summer garden in recent years. The foliage of rex begonias is particularly colorful, coming in all imaginable shades of green, red, silver, purple, brown and pink, often with metallic highlights. Take a healthy leaf and insert its petiole into a pot of moist growing mix. Its tuber can be huge! A small plant will sprout from the soil after a month or two. Th… Even under the best circumstances, begonias can be finicky to propagate and the failure rate can be quite high. The genus Begonia has a pantropical distribution. Patience is essential when trying to multiply begonia tubers. If so, temporarily reduce their watering, letting the soil dry out more than usual, while still maintaining good atmospheric humidity. Place the cutting-filled pots outdoors when temperatures are mild and in the desirable natural range for begonias. To sow the seeds, fill a pot or seed tray with moist potting mix, level, and apply the seeds to the surface. Rhizome cuttings are just as easy, the only difference being that you press the rhizome horizontally into the growing mix rather than placing it upright. Your questions are answered by Cooperative Extension and University staff and volunteers from across the United States. This Question is Waiting for an eXtension Answer. However, it is commonly used to describe all begonias that have only fibrous roots, therefore neither rhizomes nor tubers. If you need many plants, you can even use leaf sections as cuttings. I normally start them mid-March by sinking the bulbs about one-half their depth in peat moss. Wax Begonias (B. x semperflorens-cultorum), Begonia x semperflorens ‘Ambassador Green Leaf’. Copyright Leaf Group Ltd. // Leaf Group Lifestyle. It takes 120 volunteers about 4 hours and about 600,000 begonia flowers to compose the carpet. Although most have creeping rhizomes, some do have upright ones. Give your begonias rich, loose, well-drained soil, moderate watering (only during the growing season, of course) and decent atmospheric humidity (indoors) and you should have no trouble growing them. Simply slip a 3 or 4 inch (8-10 cm) section of stem into damp soil, keep the mix moist and the air humid for a few weeks and you’ll soon have a new plant. Hodgson, Larry. In coming weeks, I’ll look into the other two winners. Above: Begonia rex ‘Red Tango’ mixes well with other shade- and humidity-loving plants such as asparagus ferns and geraniums. Slide a garden fork into the soil at the base of the plant and lift the tuber clump out of the garden bed. Begonia experts remove the female flowers to give male flowers more energy to bloom. They come from a cross between summer-flowering tuberous begonias and the rarely grown winter-flowering species, B. socotrana. No rooting hormone is necessary, but high humidity helps. Propagation is by stem cuttings… but as with the hiemalis begonia, it is not easy to maintain this plant from one year to the next. Open the bag 1/4-inch more each day to mix fresh air with the greenhouse environment. Do not splash fertilizer onto the plant foliage. Rex begonias do well under fluorescent lights because they do not need much direct light. BEGONIAS. Repot and start watering them in March or April, about 1-2 months before its time to plant them out. The propagation of tuberous begonias is easy. Keep the humidity around the cuttings high for a two- to four-week period, during which they will root in the potting mix. 2.2 Ice begonias; 2.3 Elatior begonia; 2.4 Buy Begonias; 3 Planting begonias; 4 Begonias multiply; 5 Care for begonias. This begonia goes fully dormant in the fall. My father used to grow this begonia when I was a young child, then it seemed to disappear from the market for decades. The stems may be upright or drooping, the latter often used in hanging baskets. It blooms annually on the birthday of the country’s late president, Kim Jong-il. Like reiger begonias, the tuberous types thrive in cool conditions and tend to sulk in especially hot-summer areas. Tuberous begonias, one of three types of begonias, are summer and fall blooming perennials known for their large, brightly-hued, camellia-shaped flowers. The extremely fine seed gives seedlings that are tiny and very fragile at first, and their growth can be slow. In fact, if tuberous begonia seedlings are exposed to short days, that will stimulate tuber formation and put an end to their growth for the season, long before they have time to bloom.. Pelleted seeds on the left, natural begonia seeds on the right. Now let’s look at this year’s annual, the begonia. One gram of begonia seeds can produce up to 100,000 seedlings! Every two years, in August, the Grand Place in Brussels is covered with a huge carpet of tuberous begonia flowers. You can multiply many begonias (especially rhizomatous begonias, including rex begonias) by leaf cuttings as well. The show is spectacular, but don’t miss your flight, as it lasts only three and a half days. The flowers are usually pink or white and tend to bloom during the winter, since most require short days in order to bloom. Although a very few species show some adaptation to temperate climates (B. grandis, for example, is hardy to zone 6b), most are grown as houseplants or as bedding plants, treated, in the latter case, as annuals in cold climates. This is done by offering the plants artificially short days. The very popular ‘NonStop’ series, used extensively in flowerbeds worldwide, belongs to the Multiflora division, famous for flowers that are somewhat smaller that most other tuberous begonias (although much larger than those of other types of begonia), but as the name suggest, are produced profusely through the entire summer. Propagation is by stem cuttings… but you may struggle trying to keep the cuttings alive. Usually these begonias are grown as houseplants in temperate climates, although they also do wonderfully planted outdoors for the summer. First, always plant begonia corms concave side up (depression on top) either slightly above or level with the compost/soil surface. Begonias can be grown from seed at home and it’s a popular method to multiply some species, especially the outdoor varieties that are grown for their flowers. Begonia propagation is an easy way to keep a little bit of summer all year long. Until recently these begonias were generally considered houseplants, but gardeners have begun to discover they also make excellent annuals for shady flowerbeds. Dividing Tuberous Begonias - Knowledgebase Question. Fibrous-rooted begonias can be short to tall and may be grown for their foliage or their flowers. However so few are available through in the average garden center that I find this creates confusion rather than simplifying things, so I prefer to lump them all together into a single category. Some begonias are grown mainly for their beautiful, often exotically colored foliage, others for their attractive, abundant and long-lasting flowers. Most are fairly compact plants (but there are also varieties with very large leaves), often with round or star-shaped foliage. This is a relatively compact plant with erect stems and glossy, somewhat spoon-shaped leaves, green or bronze in color. They are usually double and come in almost every color except blue. Native to the tropics of South America and Africa, tuberous begonias thrive in warm, humid conditions and are hardy only in USDA zones 9 through 11. Simply slip a 3 or 4 inch (8-10 cm) section of stem into damp soil, keep the mix moist and the air humid for a few weeks and you’ll soon have a new plant. ), but you don’t need to know how to classify them in order to grow them! Asked September 22, 2020, 12:59 PM EDT. The flowers are small but numerous, in various shades of pink, red and white. Transplant the seedlings in small individual pots when they have two or three leaves. Ideally, you should cut the plant back at this point and let it rest for 5 or 6 weeks before starting another growing cycle… but hiemalis begonias are notoriously difficult to recuperate at the end of their season, so most gardeners simply buy new plants every year. Question by acwir April 14, 1999. Begonia tuberhybrida, known as tuberous begonias, grow indoors or outside in any climate zone. Keep the soil slightly moist (you have to water very gently, preferably from below, as water pouring from the watering can’s spout can easily knock over or bury fragile young seedlings). However, if you want to try growing begonias from seeds, here’s how: You’ll need to so the seeds of begonias you want to plant out very early in the season, in January or February. Hybrid Tuberous Begonias (B. x tuberhybrida). Its winged ovary readily distinguishes the female flower from the male flower. Plant the tuber piece and stems in a nursery pot filled with moist, sterile potting mix. Begonias that do best in the landscape generally fall into three groups: wax begonias, cane or angel-wing begonias, and rhizomatous begonias. and come in a variety of colors: pink, red, yellow, purple, white, orange, etc. In cooler climes they are dug and overwintered indoors. Press them lightly into the mix without covering them with soil, because begonia seeds need light to germinate. No rooting hormone is necessary, but high humidity helps. Plant the tuber piece and stems in a nursery pot filled with moist, sterile potting mix. Transplant the rooted tuber cuttings into the soil after at least a month of being placed outdoors. They grow as easily in pots (indoors or out) as in the ground. HOW DO YOOU MULTIPLY BEGONIA TUBERS. Native to the tropics of South America and Africa, tuberous begonias thrive in warm, humid conditions and are hardy only in USDA zones 9 through 11. Often these begonias have erect stems, although often arching at the tip, stems with very obvious knots and highly asymmetric, wing-shaped leaves (they are often simply called “angelwing begonias” for that reason), although there are many exceptions: plants with climbing or pendant stems or with leaves that are star-shaped or even compound. Most begonia seeds sold today are pelleted seeds, making them easier to handle. The flowers tend to be small and usually pink, red or white, rarely orange. They also never have a down time. Begonia flowers are edible and in fact very rich in vitamin C. Their pleasant sweet/tart taste comes from the oxalic acid they contain, the same product that gives spinach and rhubarb their flavor. Garden Planning. When outdoor temperatures remain above 50˚F (10˚C), acclimate the seedlings to garden conditions and transplant them, preferably into partial shade. Horticulturists like to put plants into categories, but begonias have always given both taxonomists and gardeners a hard time. Their blooms are small and their leaves are purple, reddish, green, or silvery, making the leaves often the most attractive part of the flower. Its abundant simple flowers are usually pink or white. Where Do Begonias Grow? Wax begonias are typically grown as annuals, reaching 6 to 12 inches tall and wide. Place in a location where they will receive only bright, indirect light. All Rights Reserved. This category is a bit of a misnomer: all begonias have fibrous roots. This subcategory of rhizomatous begonia includes hybrids derived from the long-lost species B. rex crossed with other begonias. Lorraine or Christmas Begonia (B. x cheimantha). Winter Care: Lift in fall and store in a frost free location for the winter. For convenience sake, I like to include two more recent introductions in this category: so-called B. x benariensis (I’m far from sure the name is botanically valid) such as the ‘Big’ series (plants twice as large as the usual B. x semperflorens-cultorum, but otherwise very similar) and Dragon Wing and Baby Wing series, with arching stems and wing-shaped leaves. These begonias have a rhizome: a usually creeping stem (although some rhizomes are upright) that root in contact with the soil as they grow. Wax begonias: The most common are Begonia semperflorens varieties, also called wax, annual, or bedding begonias. This begonia goes semi-dormant in winter: cut back on watering at that time. Rhizomatous begonia Begonia heracleifolia nigricans is one of the rare begonias with star-shaped leaves. Begonias do prefer humid locations if given the choice and will often struggle in very dry arid places in your home, such as near fireplaces and by radiators. They are however considered harder to grow well, especially over time. Most are winter flowering and can provide not only beautiful foliage but also sprays of white to pink flowers in late winter. Here is a simplified classification that might be useful for the ordinary gardener, although it is certainly too simple for serious begonia collectors. Or continue to grow them indoors if you want to use them as houseplants. Tuberous Begonias. Most gardeners with a bit of experience can recognize a begonia on sight, but here are few pointers for beginners: The leaves are alternate and usually asymmetrical (they are often ear-shaped or wing-shaped); Female flowers have a winged ovary behind their tepals. These new tubers will then sprout in the spring. With its small leaves and decent branching habit (a bit of pinching will be needed), it looks like a small tree even if its stems are not truly woody. Some species are commonly grown indoors as ornamental houseplants in cooler climates. There are dozens of classifications for these begonias (Picotee, Fimbriata, Pendula, Crispa, etc. Everything old is new again. These begonias are usually produced by seeds and treated as annuals, but you can also multiply them by division or stem cuttings. Regular fertilization (during the growing season, of course) will stimulate better bloom, especially for plants grown in pots outdoors and therefore exposed to rain (rain, as wonderful as it may be for plants, has the annoying habit of leaching container soil of all its minerals). Never let the soil dry out; Begonias love moist soil. C1. Place the cutting in a moderately lit spot and at fairly warm temperatures (21˚C or more)… and wait. Propagating Begonia Tubers. Indeed, once flowering is initiated under short days, the plant will continue to flower for 3 to 4 months even under long days, a technique that makes this plant a very good choice for the summer garden. Begonias are notoriously difficult to grow from seed. Begin to acclimatize the cuttings after you see some new growth or after one month has passed. Begonias in this group like to be kept lightly moist and lightly fertilized all winter and do not go dormant, so never dry them out entirely. In the fall, except in hardiness zones 10-12, almost all begonias will need to move indoors if you want to save them from the cold. Use a timer to set your lamp to 14 hour days: that will ensure good germination and equal growth. The genus was named by the French botanist Charles Plumier for his friend, Michel Bégon, governor of the island of Saint Domingue (now Haiti) and a serious amateur botanist. Alternatively, press an entire leaf flat against the soil and cut its veins with a knife: a baby plant will soon poke out of each cut vein. A few examples of the variety in Begonia x rex-cultorum. You can even let the leaf runners scatter on the floor, similar to the outdoor gardeners who use them as ground cover. 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