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Now is the time for lifting Begonias. May I ask how everyone stores theirs?
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  • Posted: Wed. 1st December 2021 08:32

Begonias in the Potting shed over wintere: Storage of Begonias

Reply from Yvonne Horgan

I have three pots of begonias, the first year I had planted the corms I assumed I'd lose them, so when the first frost nipped them I just dumped them under the bench in the little glasshouse in North London. Over winter they dried out, and I was surprised in the spring cleanout to see small sheets, so I scraped some compost off the top and refreshed it, adding a sprinkle of slow release fertiliser and gave them some water. Flowered beautifully. Then we moved to Cambridgeshire in November, and without any garden buildings, I left them on a shelf in the brick garage in the dark. By April I had a glass sided potting shed and moved them out there, refreshing the top compost again. This summer they were great, now sitting in the potting shed drying out. This year I plan to remove the corms and pot them is totally fresh compost and new pots come spring. They seem to be hardier than I thought they were, but I don't think they'd survive in my wet clay in the ground over winter. Good luck.

Begonias in the Potting shed over wintere: Storage of Begonias

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  • Posted: Fri. 21st January 2022 13:48