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Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
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Xeramtheum
Oct 20, 2016 11:14 AM CST
These are the only Begonia's I have and really don't know much about them. They got really big this year and take up way too much space in the shady part of the greenhouse. I'm wondering if I can cut the canes back to say 5 inches from the soil line and if they'll come back from the roots next year.

Thanks!
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Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Oct 20, 2016 1:02 PM CST
I also have one of these that gets very large in my greenhouse. I frequently cut it back so all branches are 3 or 4 inches long. It recovers quickly. Mine never dies down because my greenhouse is heated to stay at 60. I'd think yours would return in the spring if it does die down.
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Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
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Xeramtheum
Oct 20, 2016 2:32 PM CST
Thanks for the info Karen .. exactly what I needed to know .. my greenhouse is heated to and I keep it around 60° too.
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Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
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plantmanager
Oct 20, 2016 2:34 PM CST
It should work out well. Mine grows so fast that I do this pruning at least 3 times a year. I also feed it because if I don't the leaves start getting lighter and lighter in color. I'm not sure what fertilizer is best for them. I just use fish emulsion because it's handy.
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Name: Danita
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Danita
Oct 20, 2016 2:42 PM CST
The canes are usually super-easy to root, too, in water or potting mix. Smiling
Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Oct 20, 2016 2:52 PM CST
You're correct, Danita. I've done that to give them away. I don't have any room for more in the packed greenhouse.
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Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
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Xeramtheum
Oct 20, 2016 3:06 PM CST
Real estate in my greenhouse is at a premium too.
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Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
Region: New Mexico Region: Arizona Greenhouse Cactus and Succulents Adeniums Sempervivums
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plantmanager
Oct 20, 2016 4:58 PM CST
In the greenhouse I just finished cutting a large orange hibiscus in half. It was up to the ceiling and bloomed beautifully all winter, spring and summer. I'm hoping it will regrow and bloom well by the time the cold weather hits. I have 2 other hibiscus but they've never grown large like this one. I'm also limiting my tomatoes to one good plant. Last year the tomatoes about took over the greenhouse, plus they were bad insect magnets.
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Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
Only dead fish go with the flow!
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Xeramtheum
Oct 20, 2016 5:37 PM CST
Karen I cut back all of my mature tropical hibiscus which are in pots to nubbins when they go into the greenhouse .. I keep them a bit on the dry side and they start leafing out again around January. This year I'm going to root prune a few too as they are getting too pot bound and showing decline. Root pruning and cutting them way back literally rejuvenates them. I remove a little more than half the roots along the bottom and the sizes using a hack saw. It's kind of scary the first time you hack up one of your favorites, but I've been doing this for over a decade now and haven't lost a one.
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