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Name: Carol Noel
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AlohaHoya
Apr 29, 2012 8:30 PM CST
I was gifted some lovely fragrant begonias by a Canadian friend...and of the 3 pots one of them now has leaves curling inwards....and it doesn't look right. It wasn't this way yesterday... Anyone know what is going on?
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threegardeners
Apr 29, 2012 8:33 PM CST

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too much water? if it were here I'd think it might of got cold, not much chance of that where you are though.
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AlohaHoya
Apr 29, 2012 8:48 PM CST
Hmmmm the other pots aren't doing it and I watered them all at the same time yesterday. It has been cool.... well....maybe I just have to wait and see..... Whistling
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threegardeners
Apr 29, 2012 8:50 PM CST

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yup...I would...just keep an eye on it.
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extranjera
Apr 29, 2012 10:14 PM CST
I'm interested too, I have a begonia that used to have large flat open leaves similar to your picture but now the leaves are smaller and they all cup inward. I'm pretty sure it isn't too much water, I always forget to water them. It might be not enough light though, it gets no direct sun and less light now that the sun is higher overhead.
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AlohaHoya
Apr 29, 2012 11:41 PM CST
OK...will post updates. The other two pots are fine!!! I have been afraid of Powdery Mildew setting in while I am away next week, so I sprayed yesterday....but I have sprayed before with no ill effects. A real challenge for me...with the humidity/rain it is going to be an adventure!!!!!

Thanks for the help!
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extranjera
May 1, 2012 10:40 AM CST
Here's a pic of my begonia with the cupped leaves. It just wasn't like that when I got it and I don't know what changed. It's not cold here either, that's out. It could be too little light or letting it dry out too often but it doesn't have dried out leaves or brown edges. I've searched for bugs on it and not found any. It is possible that there is something in the soil perhaps, I just don't know.


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AlohaHoya
May 1, 2012 7:26 PM CST
I did unpot mine and there was....NO TUBER. So am letting it dry out...hoping for the best. The others are OK...so far.
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threegardeners
May 1, 2012 7:30 PM CST

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you realize of course that not all Begonias have tubers, right?
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AlohaHoya
May 2, 2012 4:19 PM CST
Uh...OK...no roots either. Confused
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threegardeners
May 2, 2012 4:21 PM CST

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well...roots are a must have Big Grin
Name: Carol Noel
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AlohaHoya
May 25, 2012 10:49 AM CST
Unfortunately, they all croaked. I fear it is simply TOO humid here. RATS! Angry
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extranjera
May 25, 2012 4:58 PM CST
I have killed more than my share of begonias here too. Nice to think it was the humidity and not me, they just don't make it very long.
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klaus07
Jun 23, 2012 5:04 PM CST
Very strange to me as I grow all my begonias are in aquariums so I can keep the humidity up. There are so many different begonias, I just don't think you generalzie that much. One of the Begonias I have I received as a single leaf only. It is growing a root system and will never have a tuber, but it will have a rhizome. So I am wondering which Begonia you have. Is it a cultivar or hybrid? All five of the ones I have are different species.
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Name: Jonna
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extranjera
Jun 23, 2012 7:27 PM CST
the ones that died, generally appeared to have rotted. The stems went soft and all the leaves fell off, when I pulled them from the soil there were few roots. Mine were the tuberous begonias with the large, pretty blooms, I would buy them because of the bloom and then lose them within a few months.
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Name: Carol Noel
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AlohaHoya
Jun 29, 2012 10:59 PM CST
And isn't it amazine how fast they go? One min. looking fine and you turn around and it's disaster!!!!! Sad
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Name: Ivy T
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ivyplantsnyc
Jun 30, 2012 6:30 AM CST
That is true. Over the years I have been buying Beefsteak begonias which are my favorites. The only place they have thrived is at work where I can monitor them with the right light and water. I imagine that my apartment is too dry and dark.
Hoping that all of your begonias improve.
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Name: Carol Noel
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AlohaHoya
Jul 8, 2012 5:09 PM CST
Sadly to say, our weather has been so wet that not only did the begonias croak...but my second planting of tomatoes has mildew/rust and even my chard has rust!!! (I haven't looked yet, but I think I have rust.... Whistling )
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Name: Ivy T
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ivyplantsnyc
Jul 8, 2012 5:30 PM CST
Oh dear, that is not good at all. Right now we are having a pretty severe heatwave. No rust here, just desert weather. My tillandsias were soaked all night long so that they do not dry out, found only one flowering. Would hate to lose them. Such tiny things and so pricey. At least my begonias at work are doing fine. Had flowers already or I would post a photo to show the large leaves. They like the air conditioning though.
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ShadyGreenThumb
Aug 10, 2012 1:03 AM CST
This is my second year with my cane/Angel Wings begnoias. They stay outdoors except in the winter when they come inside for protection. I have some very tall shoots one one of my plants. I know these can reach 6-7 feet tall. Should I trim them until the rest of the plant catches up or just leave them?
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