The Q&A Archives: Begonias

Question: Hi,
I have a begonia tuber and its not sprouting. Its in a containier that I bought it in and I haven't done anything since. It's been in the garage, until several weeks ago. I placed it on my patio without watering it all. What should I do? now its very dry with no greenery at all. Help!

Answer: Tuberous begonias will sprout when the weather suits them, provided they were properly cared for last season. You may just need to wait a bit for the little pink buds to appear. Here's some general information on tuberous begonia care: At the end of summer, when the leaves begin to yellow and wilt, reduce watering. When the stems have fallen off the plant, lift the tuber, shake off any dirt, dry the tuber in the sun for about 3 days, and store in a cool, dry place such as a garage. In the spring little pink buds will appear and you can repot the tuber and place it outdoors. Hope your begonia tuber shows some signs of life soon!

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