Tuberous Begonias In Sunny Bed - Knowledgebase Question

Corona, CA
Question by yclark
July 28, 1999
I am a beginner of flower garden. I love the tuberous begonias I saw from the Burpee catalog and would like to plant some in my back yard. But my back yard gets 8-9 hours sunshine veryday. I am wondering if I can plant those pretty flowers there. I saw some begoinas in my school which were planted in the sunny place are growing fine but they are not tuberous begonias. Hope someone can give me some help.


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Answer from NGA
July 28, 1999

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Tuberous begonias thrive under shady conditions but will wilt in a sunny bed. The begonias you saw at your school may have been fibrous rooted begonias, but even fibrous rooted begonias, need shade, or at least protection from hot afternoon sun. You may have to choose another plant - one that thrives in all day sunshine. Dahlias are spectacular, as are roses. Hope you'll consider one or both of these instead of begonias!

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