I have two large corms that will not fit into any pot or basket at the size they are now. I seem to remember that they could be cut in half and treated as two…
Begonia genus. This genus consists of evergreen and deciduous shrubs, which are grown for their ornamental foliage and colourful flowers. They are named after a French patron of botany, Michel Begon who lived during the seventeenth century. There are over 1,500 species ranging from perennials that will grow only a few cms high, to shrubs which will grow to 3m or more high. Most of them are evergreen and have broad leaves.
Annuals or Perennials, Evergreens, Shrubs
Grown for their colourful flowers and/or ornamental leaves.
Grow in light well-drained soil or loam-based potting compost. Water frequently in hot weather but do not allow the soil to become too moist. A balanced liquid fertiliser can be applied occasionally especially when in full growth. Pot on each spring. They prefer slightly acidic soil.
Sow seeds of species at 21C as soon as they are ripe. Root stem and leaf cuttings can be rooted in spring or early summer in partial sun in a propagating case.
Is susceptible to powdery mildew and botrytis from late spring to early autumn.
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