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Care And Feeding Tuberous Begonias

By Logan Pacelli

Generally by early December the tops of tuberous begonias have dried off and are ready to be removed. Tuberous begonias should have been dug and brought indoors before the tops were injured by sharp frosts so that the food which is stored in the leaves and stems can be saved.

As these parts of the plants dry off, the food which is in them will be trans-located to the tuber. This food would be lost if the tops were allowed to be hit by hard frost in late fall.

Plants that are dug intact should have been stored in a warm but not hot place in the basement until the tops dry off. Soil is allowed to cling and no watering is done while the tops gradually disintegrate. When the tops are brittle dry, they will separate readily and completely from the tuber. It is then that the tubers can be cleaned by gently rubbing off the soil, but not the fine, fibrous roots that extend from the base.

Tuberous begonias like a relatively warm winter storage temperature – about 50 degrees. Storage temperature can go as high as 60 degrees without being detrimental and as low as 40, but a moderately warm temperature is best. Tubers may be stored bare or buried in vermiculite, sand or horticultural peat. There is less moisture loss or less shrinkage of the tubers when they are packed in any of the materials mentioned.

Callas and caladiums are handled in the same way as described for tuberous begonias. Both of these plants are becoming increasingly popular. Both have foliage of size and shape that goes well with our contemporary style of art and architecture. Caladiums are especially valuable because they can be used in shady places which often are problems as far as growing plants are concerned. In fact, caladiums demand at least half shade; they do not do well in sunny locations.

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