The Q&A Archives: Will Begonias Still Be Blooming In Late August?

Question: I am wanting to order and grow some camellia pastel tuberous begonias for my daughter's wedding August 26, 2000. Will they still be in good bloom to be used as table centerpieces at this time of year? I plan to start them in decorated clay pots indoors and move them to a shady area outside during the summer. Is this a feasible plan?

Answer: In general, tuberous begonias blossom all summer long as long as they receive the light shade and regular watering that helps them thrive. Make sure the pots drain freely and are large enough for the tubers to grow over the season. Also, make sure that a full-grown plant won't topple the pot (according to Burpee's catalog, their habit is to spread, and the mound can reach 12" in height). They'll make beautiful centerpeices, I'm sure. Plant a few extra pots as insurance against loss, and if hail or other "heavy weather" threatens while they're growing outside this summer, make provisions to move them to a sheltered place. Growing them on a wheeled platform may be a good idea, so that you can easily move them into a garage or outbuilding. Finally, since nothing is completely predictable, have a florist ready to serve as your back up just in case. Best wishes!

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