Begonia (Tuberous)

These tuberous-rooted plants have been so improved afc the hands of hybridists that there are now flowers of almost every colour except blue. These are used largely as summer bedding plants, but should be lifted into the greenhouse as soon as the weather turns.

The tubers should be started into growth in spring, and by the end of June or July the plants will be ready for planting out into the open ground, but if preferred, they may be grown in the greenhouse without heat. They like plenty of air and sunshine and the watering ishould be quite regular.

From time to time occasional doses of weak liquid manure should be given to the plants to encourage a longer flowering period. They may be increased by seeds, and the large-leaved Begonias may also be increased by leaf cuttings.

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