Begonia Apricot Shades FAQs


Begonia Apricot Shades Add a splash of rich citrus colour to your garden with Begonia Apricot Shades. Here are some FAQs to help you get the most from this collection.

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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  1. Miss Doreen Robinson January 9, 2010 at 10:39 am -  Reply

    Could you please let me know how to plant the Begonias in a hanging basket. Do you plant them rounbd the top of the basket or through the sides of the basket as well. I would be grateful for any planting in the baskets.

  2. chris sexton January 18, 2010 at 4:04 pm -  Reply

    Richard how do I go about getting an autographed photo of Yourself please?

  3. Linda Dennis January 19, 2010 at 9:52 pm -  Reply

    My Begonias have just arrived and I have potted them up as instructed however when they were shown on TV Richard advised to put them somewhere dark and warm eg an airing cupboard. In the leaflet and on this site it advises cool windowsill or greenhouse with plenty of light. Which is correct please?

  4. ann kelly April 7, 2010 at 6:24 pm -  Reply

    hi richard
    can you give me advice on how to plant my apricot begonias in hanging baskets please. do you plant them in through the sides or in the top.and how many per basket. thanks ann.

  5. audrey easton April 11, 2010 at 2:14 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard, I bought tsv begonias and they were coming on great in the house, I put 10 of them in a flower pouch and left them in the greenhouse & 2 days later we had severe frost & guess what I lost them all. Will they come back this year or should i just take them out the pouch and dry for next year. Thank you

  6. w. morgan May 6, 2010 at 10:34 am -  Reply

    Hi Richard I recently purchased begonia comes from QVC and I would like to know how many to put in a 10 and 12 inch hanging baskey and how to plant them thanking you Bill

  7. Norma Ramsay May 18, 2010 at 3:14 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard,
    I purchase 30 Begonia corms in January and another 20 more in March. So far only 16 out of the first 30 have produced shoots (although 3 look a bit suspect) and none of the 2nd 20. I assume it is unlikely that they will do anything now and wondered if you could tell me the likely cause as I have now had to purchase some plug plants to replace them?

  8. Mrs I. Rogers May 18, 2010 at 6:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard
    Can you advise me. Last June I purchased the tsv which was a 3 tired planter complete with strawberry plants. I followed instructions. I watered and fed them as you instructed with your plant food. I had last year just a few small strawberries, which didnt worry me to much. I tidied them up for the winter as you recommended. So far this year I have had no new green shoots showing they all look dead. Could the cold winter have killed them.

  9. Wendy Elvin May 14, 2011 at 4:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard, last year I purchased 6 Begonia’s from QVC. They were spectacular! I followed the instructions on how to take them up and store over the winter, (luckily, as we had a very severe Winter-almost 2ft of snow!!). I have since tried to grow them on ready to replant, and nothing has happened. Am I wrong thinking they can be re-grown??
    Help please Wendy.

  10. Eric May 17, 2011 at 2:21 pm -  Reply

    Do bergonia plugs become tubers?

  11. Karen Martin May 9, 2012 at 4:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard
    I would be delighted if you could answer my question. I bought the TSV in February (apricot begonias)and they have grown well on my windowsil but they have now developed a white powder on the leaves. I also have a household begonia plant and it is the same. What am I doing wrong? Please help as I don’t want to kill them off.

  12. Linda Lewis June 29, 2014 at 7:14 am -  Reply

    Hi Richard I bought the begonias planted them up last year fantastic result lifted them and stored away as instructions started them off this year and five of them have done nothing why. I am not happy regards linda

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