Begonia double yellow has large golden yellow blooms growing from 6/+cm tubers. Begonias brighten up the shady areas of any garden, but are also very suited for containers. They have a long flowering period which starts in July. Begonias such as Begonia double yellow are excellent for containers and will provide a mass of colour throughout the summer. During the leaf and flower stage ensure that the compost is kept moist and not overwatered In containers they should be provided with food such as a tomato food to provide the energy for flowers all summer long.
Start off tubers in a greenhouse or similar from January to March. Harden off before planting out after the fear of frosts have passed. They can also be planted direct into containers or borders outside from April on-wards. Soils should be well cultivated to a fine crumb and the tubers planted with the top just showing above the soil level. Begonias benefit from taking of the dead flowers which will encourage new ones.
Double begonia will flower right through until the first frosts. If planting in pots use a 50/50 mix of multi purpose compost and something similar to John innes number 2 to provide good drainage. Begonias have a long flowering period which starts in July and goes right through the summer. Remove the dead flowers throughout the season to encourage new flower growth. Begonias will flower until the first frosts of the winter so are great for summer colour.
Tip: It is often difficult to tell which way up to plant begonias. The stems will appear from the rough or concave side of the bulb. Feed with bone-meal or tomato feed during the flowering season to ensure plump flowers
See tims tips begonias on youtube for detailed instructions.
Flowering height: 10-14″ (25-35cm)
Flowering period: July to first frosts
Planting Time: February to April indoors. April on wards outdoors
Soil type: All free draining soils or in a tub use 50/50 of multipurpose compost and something like John innes 2 with a handful of grit.
Aspect: Semi to full sun in the warmer parts of the garden.
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