Begonias And Amount Of Sun They Can Tolerate - Knowledgebase Question

Portland, ME
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Question by Suttonnmi
June 9, 2001
I received the begonias I ordered from you sometime in late April or Early May. I planted them in pots and placed them indoors until the plants started to break through the potting soil. This has occurred in the last week. Then I placed them outdoors still in their pots at several locations in my garden. They have sun maybe 4 hours during the day otherwise they are mostly in shade or dappled shade. Some get mid-morning to early afternoon sun. Others get later day sun. A friend visited today and said he was sure the begonias were getting too much sun. They seem to be breaking through with early leaves and I am hopeful that we will see flowers soon. Can't wait! But I am concerned about the amount of sun. Until today I thought the amount of sun my pots were getting was OK. I plan to put them in the soil, pot and all, this week, but I sure would hate to have the sun not be good for them.

Thanks for any advice or helpful tips.

Bert Sutton

Answer from NGA
June 9, 2001
Tuberous begonias are considered to be shade lovers. You could try them in a few hours of early morning sun or in dappled light all day. Very late afternoon sun after four o'clock might be okay, but noontime or afternoon sun would be too hot for them. Enjoy those begonias!

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