Apr 19, 2018
The tuber begonia is a plant of stunning beauty. Tubers usually start selling somewhere in March, you keep them in the refrigerator. If you want to blossom all summer long, put them on the windowsill, at the end of March or early April, to make the tubers wake up, and the sprouts will come from them. Only then you will see from which side of the tuber they are.
The tuber is usually convex-concave. Sprouts are on the concave side. The convex side should be planted downwards. Once you notice that they went, you pour a small layer of soil, about 5 cm, put the tubers on the soil with the convex side down, the shoots, naturally, upwards( many take sprouts for roots and plant the reverse).The soil should be moistened without falling on the tuber, sprinkle the tuber so as not to cover the shoots, that is, the concave side of the tuber is not covered. Then, when you already have a sprout, you will gradually pour the soil. The container must be at least 1 liter.
You can transport begonias in the early spring. If the room has no negative temperatures, it will grow and gain strength. You will have to feed it with any mineral complex fertilizer. Watering should be done on the wall of the pot, without getting on the tuber. AVA fertilizer works great. You can sprinkle a tuber before you plant it, it takes only 1/3 of a spoonful.
Transplant to open ground should be after the end of spring frosts. Be sure to consider one feature. There are male, and there are female flowers. Men's - terry, women's - simple, they must be plucked out, otherwise you will not have a lush bloom. I repeat: you are not plucking out terry, but you are giving flowers to the terry.
Each flower blooms for more than a week, they appear one after another. Begonia throws off the fading flower herself.
It is better to plant in the sun, the soil needs a neutral, rich in humus, but if you put 1/3 tsp of AVA, no additional dressing will be required.
Begonias continue to blossom all summer, so it's better to dig them up to frosts, move them to pots, and they will bloom until November. They could continue to blossom, but the tuber is weakened, he needs to rest. Therefore, you are plucking flowers and somewhere in the middle of November you cut all the stems under the very soil. They dry up, after that you can take the tubers out, shake the soil off them, dry them slightly, put them in boxes or in paper bags, but do not close these bags. And on the bottom shelf of the refrigerator or on the refrigerator door, they will perfectly overwinter you - and everything will be repeated again.
Propagate the tuberous begonia with leaves. When the plant has 3-4 leaves, the two lower ones together with the cuttings are separated from the stem and rooted in moist soil, covered with a jar, kept in partial shade, remembering to water.
When the new leaf leaves - the plant is rooted, with 2-3 new leaves it can be transplanted into the ground.
In the autumn, nodules are excavated and stored in the same way as large tubers. When the tuber grows in a few years, it must be cut into two parts before storing it for storage. Slices are sprinkled with ashes.