This year I’ve planted more Begonias in the hanging baskets on our balcony. Last year two in the wicker hanging basket grew & flowered for their 2nd year. This year one of them has survived & is growing away nicely. I haven’t seen the other & can only assume it has died.
A few weeks ago I planted other Begonia tubers in two big, black plastic baskets which I later hung on the walls at either end of the balcony. One is making much more progress than the other but I expect in a few weeks time I won’t be able to tell the difference between them.
Just today I put 2 more in a hanging basket; one is the normal bush Begonia, a yellow double, (enormous yellow blooms last year!) , the other is a trailing variety, Salmon pink.
I have a double white which has made a massive tuber. It seemed to be alive a couple of weeks ago when I emptied out of the small, temporally pot I have it in, yet it has still made no growth. I don’t want to disturb it again but I fear I have lost it.
In the first post in this thread I said the double yellow was in the same basket as a trailing salmon pink one, well I must have labelled the trailing one wrong as it is now flowering & is Apricot – not salmon pink! Just as well otherwise the basket might have looked rather strange with a yellow Begonia & a salmon pink Begonia!
Both of the trailing Begonias are called ‘Illumination’, one is ‘Salmon Pink’ & the other is ‘Apricot’. One ‘Illumination Salmon Pink’ is in a wicker hanging basket (it has lived there for 3 summers now & 2 winters) & the other is in a basket shared with a variegated green & white Geranium, some Busy Lizzies (Impatiens) & some Lobelia. This one started to flower later than the one in the wicker basket.
I planted Begonias in the 2 black plastic baskets on the walls at either end of the balcony. In the basket at the far end of the balcony from the door they are doing very well, in particular one that is a very dark red while in the other basket they have done badly with one stem rotting on one tuber & the other tuber only recently started to grow, so I’m not happy with that basket!
Now that we are more than halfway through September the Begonias are showing signs of wanting to shut down & start their hibernation again. Many of the leaves have dying edges & the flowers are starting to go brown around the edges. Though this might be in part due to wind damage, after the very strong winds on storm “Aileen” a week ago, I think it’s also a sign that they are getting ready for their winter rest.
In a few weeks time, I shall be removing them from the baskets they have lived in during the summer. I don’t really know if it’s worthwhile keeping the tubers through a 3rd winter even if they came through the previous two fairly well. It occurs to me that perhaps I can buy a packet of wood shaving, the type that is used for small pets, & then put the tubers mixed with the wood shavings in a shoe box for the winter.
The Begonias, for the most part, have now finished growing & have, all but one or two, now gone into hibernation. While the milder weather of this week lasts I must take them out of the baskets & put them in a box with some wood shavings for the winter.