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Hi All,
The high winds that we had during the last few weeks has "decapitated" all of my trailing begonias. All I have left are a lot of stalks with no blooms and not many leaves. Now that it's turning cold, could anyone please let me know if I uproot them all or cut them back or what do I do for the coming winter. They are in window boxes on a west facing balconey. Thanks




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Hello H. If these are annuals, which I suspect they are as they are trailing, they won't grow next year . Dig em up and throw, I'm afraid.

17 Nov, 2010

 

Thanks for the info. It's such a shame, they were really beautifull until the wind got to them (:

17 Nov, 2010

 

If they are the large flowered, tuberous kind, then you can carefully dig up the tubers and store them in dry compost or sawdust etc. in a frost free place (darkness is fine too). In spring pot them up on the top of the compost and they will resprout. Cover with compost once they are starting to resprout.

17 Nov, 2010

 

I thought the trailing begonias were tuberous ones that you can save and replant as Volunteer says. The fibrous rooted ones that you can't save haven't trailed in my experience. Have a rootle round in the compost and see what you've got Hopeless.... Don't throw them away quite yet!

17 Nov, 2010

 

Sorrry H, after making many enquiries, I have given you wrong info. Beattie & Volunteer are far more knowledgeble than myself. I've been buying these as plugs for a few years and always slung them after the frost. Now I know better. Apologies. You learn something new on here most days. I think i'm going to have to nick your name. LOL

17 Nov, 2010

 

LOL Littlelegs! I reckon you learn something every day. :-)
There's bound to be areas where you've got expertise V & I haven't. Don't think about all those little tubers you've been throwing away all these years......

I said DON'T THINK ABOUT THEM!!

LOL
;-)

17 Nov, 2010

 

Count to 10,.1,2,3,4,5,........urgh...........!
X

17 Nov, 2010

 

Sorry,but this made me laugh..I was just about to say you could keep them too....but I see you already know ..now.Lol..:o))

17 Nov, 2010

 

Indeed, I was going to jump in too Littlelegs but now you know :)....

17 Nov, 2010

 

Thanks all,
So if I;m very careful, I can dig them up and keep them - a stupid question to follow - do I cut off all the stems that are left or leave them to fall off by themselves? Now you all know why I call myself what I do :(

18 Nov, 2010

 

Just let the stems fall off on their own, dust off any dried on soil and put the tubers in a frost free place for the winter. When I used to grow these I'd just put them in an old ice cream tub without a lid & stick it on a shelf in a cool dry place. Check them for vine weevil grubs from time to time - they like to burrow into the tubers and eat them. Start the tubers into growth again about March time - press them into the surface of some compost and away you go.

18 Nov, 2010

 

I agree 100%.................. :o))))))

19 Nov, 2010

 

Thanks Littlelegs! ;-)

19 Nov, 2010

 

Thank you all for your advice, I'll wait for the stalks to fall off by themselves and store the tubers in the cupboard I have on my balconey. Frost can't get to them and it's cold out there.
If the plants came in plugs would there be tubers?

Once again, thanks.

20 Nov, 2010

 

Evidently Hopeless, they form tubers during the growing season, I've always grown my trailing begonias from plugs and thrown them away. This is where I got {*^% CONFUSED &^$()(^^.

21 Nov, 2010

 

LL, thanks a lot - with all the help from everyone, maybe, just maybe, I won't be so hopeless soon. (or is that just wishfull thinking)

21 Nov, 2010

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