The Q&A Archives: tuberous begonia - perennial?

Question: Is a tuberous begonia truly a perennial? I live in Western New York where it gets below freezing most of the winter months. If it is a perennial for this region what do I need to do to it come fall and winter? Is it like my miniature bleeding heart that just dies in the winter and then sprouts again in the spring?

Answer: In your area of New York it is grown and sold as an annual because it can't survive the cold winters you have. If you want to save a tuberous begonia from year to year you have to dig it after the first frost and store it for the winter, then restart it the following spring.

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