Begonias As Houseplants - Knowledgebase Question

St. Albert, AB
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Question by queenmab
May 12, 1999
I have a beautiful outdoor pot full of tuberous begonias and I was told that I could bring them indoors at the end of the summer and that they would survive the winter as houseplants. Is this true?

Answer from NGA
May 12, 1999
Tuberous begonias are summer flowering plants that go into dormancy after their spectacular bloom period. So technically, you can grow them indoors, but realistically, they will be dormant during the fall and winter months. Enjoy your plants while they're at their best. In the late summer and early fall, when the leaves begin to yellow, water less frequently. When the stems begin to wither, withold water all together. The stems will fall off on their own, which is your signal to dig up the tubers and allow them to rest in a cool, dark, airy location. When they sprout new little bulbs you can repot them, placing them just 2" below the surface of the potting soil. Water regularly, stand back, and enjoy their performance for another season. Then in the autumn, repeat the above steps.

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