Begonia - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by Z1nowar
December 11, 2010
Hi, do begonias grow again year after year? If not, how can I make them do that?


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Answer from NGA
December 11, 2010

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Some begonias are annuals and others are perennials so you'll need to check the plant tag prior to purchase. Bedding begonias, or fibrous rooted begonias, are typically annual plants. You might be able to coax them to grow indoors in the winter months by taking stem cuttings in the late fall and rooting them in water. Place the cuttings in a few inches of water and set the container on a bright windowsill. When they develop a large root system you can transplant them into containers filled with moistened potting soil. Tuberous begonias, also called Angel Wing begonias, die down in the fall and the tuber rests over the winter months. In the spring the tuber will send up new stems, leaves and flowers. These are the perennial types of begonias and aside from cutting off the dead stems and leaves in the fall, you only need to store the tuber in a cool place (between 40-50 degrees) over the winter months. Best wishes with your begonias.

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