Begonia Tubers - Knowledgebase Question

Name: beth bayouth
Mattoon, IL
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Question by ebayouth
April 26, 2000
I started 21 begonia tubers in early March. 15 out of the 21 are growing pretty well. 6 of them barely have a shoot coming out of the top. Is there any way to hurry them along? I tried putting them upside down on top of the soil without much luck.

Answer from NGA
April 26, 2000
There's really no way to hurry begonia's. Their growth rate depends upon genetics, and warm weather. If you can keep them warm, roots and shoots should develop faster than if they're kept in a cold place. Try placing them indoors next to a window with bright light. Household temperatures should speed things along a little. Your patience will eventually be rewarded - begonia blooms are spectacular! (By the way, you may be retarding growth by placing them upside down on top of the soil!)

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