How big do these begonias grow to?
The Apricot Shades variety is a cascading type of Begonia that has a trail of between 30cm – 45cm (14" – 18").
How long will they be in flower for?
Begonia Apricot Shades is an extremely weather tolerant variety and can bloom from July until the first frosts, around October time.
How do the begonias arrive?
Your plants will arrive as 1-year-old super-charged tubers.
Are these begonias annual or perennial?
They are perennials if the corms are lifted and stored in a cool, dry area over winter.
Can I plant them outside straight away?
No, the tubers will need to be grown on before they're placed outside – don't place them outside until all risk of frost has passed.
You should place your tubers on top of a pot of soil as soon as possible to start them growing, then place them on a windowsill or in a cool greenhouse. If you're unable to do this straight away, then store in a cool, dry place (e.g. a shed) until you're ready to start potting on.
Detailed cultural instructions are supplied with your Begonia Apricot Shades, which will tell you how to grow on your plants successfully and the best containers to grow them in.
How can these begonias be planted?
Begonia Apricot Shades is a cascading variety and is suited to a basket or container where the blooms can freely cascade. A flower pouch, window box, hanging basket or three-tier planter would be ideal.
What's the best fertiliser to use?
During the growing season, feed your plants every two weeks using a well-balanced liquid fertiliser.
What's the best position to plant these begonias?
Begonia Apricot Shades can be placed outside once all risk of frosts has past. They're suited to sunny or shady positions.
How often do they need watering?
You should water them regularly throughout the summer. Avoid water on the foliage as this can cause scorching. Always keep the top soil around your plants broken up, so that water can penetrate the roots. Although begonias enjoy regular watering, be careful not to let them continually remain saturated, as this can cause mildew.
Should I dead head for better results?
Yes, removing dead flowers will generally encourage more blooms. It's also beneficial to remove any dead or faded foliage. Dead heading allows the plant to concentrate on producing more healthy blooms and foliage.
What other plants can complement Begonia Apricot Shades?
This variety makes a stunning display when planted on its own. You can, however, create fantastic cascading displays in baskets by planting with trailing geraniums and fuchsias in complementary colours.
Which way up should I put them in the compost?
Plant tubers with their hollow side uppermost, and gently push them into place.
What soil do they like?
The ideal compost mix for these plants is rich, yet free-draining. You can do this by mixing in some coarse sand/grit and loam. John Innes No. 2 compost particularly is recommended.
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