tuberous begonia - perennial? - Knowledgebase Question

Wyoming, NY (Zone 5B)
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Question by scottchernoa
May 27, 2005
Is a tuberous begonia truly a perennial? I live in Western New York where it gets below freezing most of the winter months. If it is a perennial for this region what do I need to do to it come fall and winter? Is it like my miniature bleeding heart that just dies in the winter and then sprouts again in the spring?

Answer from NGA
May 27, 2005
In your area of New York it is grown and sold as an annual because it can't survive the cold winters you have. If you want to save a tuberous begonia from year to year you have to dig it after the first frost and store it for the winter, then restart it the following spring.

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