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Plant of the week; Notebook Bedding begonias.

IN recent years these spectacular plants have increased in popularity as house plants, bedding plants, basket plants and container plants and, with all the wonderful variations that we now have available to us, begonias offer something for everyone.

The 900 species and countless thousands of cultivars that have developed from them, allow us to choose almost every variation, apart from hardy outdoor plants, as all the species come from tropical and subtropical areas of the world.

Our modern non-stop hybrids, so popular now as house plants in spring and as bedding plants in summer, come from tuberous species. So we can save any tubers that have formed during the summer for the following season. The fibrous rooted Begonia semperflorens has been a popular bedding plant for many years and, because it is unaffected by any pests or diseases, can flower all summer long, without anything other than good watering and feeding - it doesn't even need dead-heading! There are some excellent new hybrids with double flowers available now.

In recent years, tuberous hybrids with a pendulous habit have appeared and these are excellent for hanging baskets and window boxes.

So, at the end of summer, pot up a few begonia semperflorens and grow them overwinter on a sunny window sill indoors - or dry out the tubers of the hybrids and save them in a dark, dry, frost free place, in a paper bag until spring when they can be potted up and brought back into life again.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Aug 9, 2008
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