Plant ID forum: What is this Flower Plant?I think it is easy to identify..plz help

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Nov 12, 2015 2:28 PM CST
Hey all,
I am trying to know the name of this plant that gives beautiful flowers(some gives white flowers,some pink,some red) I have the red variety
I asked the local farmers and unfortunately no one knows!!!
I want to know what it is called coz I wan't to read about it and know how to take care of it in winter.
Help me if you know.
Thanks in forward

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Name: Tara
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Nov 12, 2015 2:33 PM CST
Welcome! meezo! You have a beautiful little Begonia there! Thumbs up
I'm not sure of the variety...Hoping someone else can chime in on that. Smiling

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Nov 12, 2015 4:17 PM CST
Hi & welcome! It looks like either a tuberous, which have seasonal behavior, or rhizomatous which are more reliably evergreen, like Rexes and Beefsteaks.
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Nov 14, 2015 6:08 AM CST
Terrafirma, Thank u very much Smiling I grow it from cuttings and YES you are right it is Begonia Smiling Hurray! Hurray!
Purpleinopp Thank u Smiling after googling and comparing mine to other Begonias It is Tuberous for sure and I am sure coz the plants that I took cuttings from them all died when the winter started and when the weather started to get cold.

So how can I take care of them in winter??
Name: Tiffany
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Nov 14, 2015 6:13 AM CST
Maybe @skylark will see this. I know she keeps these well over winter. I'm sure others also have successful longevity with tuberous Begonias, and would have helpful info to share if they see your question, but they sure aren't me!
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Nov 14, 2015 7:47 AM CST
I overwintered a tuberous begonia once in my cool dark pump room. I just stuck it in there just before the first really hard frost, pot and all. Brought it out the end of February and put the pot in my sunniest window. I gave it a tiny bit of water. it took a couple weeks but it started growing back. I'm not sure how the foliage would be coming out of the dark as the one I had broke right at the soil level just before I put it in. But I imagine you could just cut back the foliage before or what's left of it after you bring it out.

It was a blast looking for new growth!
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Nov 14, 2015 12:50 PM CST
i am not a specialist by any stretch, but i kept various tuberous and non-stops going for a few years.
honestly, it's not worth it to bother with non-stops. but here's my procedure.
it's ok to keep them outside untill nites are in low 40's - but quite dry, very little water. they need 4-6 weeks at nite below 62F to initiate tuber formation.
after that you can bring them in. mine usually have lots of foliage still and some blooms in thru october. but it's best to pinch off blooms to let focus on tubers. fertilizer for bulbs is good - or something higher in P (NPK) - it helps to initiate tuber growth. they'll keep the foliage till xmas, then decline.
if you started yours from cuttings this year, you need to grow them at least 9mo with cooling period in the fall and then thru the winter too.
which means, you'll need to bring them indoors for a few months and they will need very good light.
i usually continue growing them in part-sun (4 hours) in warmer west window - right on the window sill, where it gets colder at night and toasty during the day. and keep them quite dry (wait till the top 2 thirds of the soil are dry). at some point foliage will start declining. then you can let them go dry for a month or so. and then check to see, if you got tubers. they will be quite small. 1" tuber might survive, smaller then that - not likely. in any case, pull them out, brush of the dirt, let them dry for 24 hours so you can remove old dried up roots. and then put them into new soil - no watering, but soil should not be bone dry, add some water to it prior to planting, so you can barely feel some moisture in the mix.
and put them on a sunny window. they should sprout in 4 weeks. then you can start watering a little more, etc. it's best to sprout the small tubers within 4 weeks while they are still plump. once they dry up and shrivel - they can take 2 months to sprout.
1st year young tubers are finicky. very easy to rot, i don't use dusting anti-fungal - but it would help to dust the tubers when you get them out.
and if they sprout in let's say feb - you'll need some supplemental light, or they'll get very leggy.
it's all quite a bother. especially if it's just a non-stop begonia - they have very small tubers that are hard to overwinter. IF you have a regular tuberous begonia - that's easier, they have rather large tubers. and hence you can just leave them in a dry pot until mar and then dig them up and restart them in moist peat on a heating mat. the warmth at the roots really helps to get them going faster. otherwise it takes 2-3 months to get to size.

Nov 22, 2015 1:00 PM CST
purpleinopp thanks for your guiding and help
jvdubb thank u for your advice and sharing your experience this was helpful.
skylark thank u a lot for describing in details how to take care of this beautiful plant,I really was in need for an advice like this,your reply is really appreciated.
Thank u all very much

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