How to plant a bulbous begonia

Prefer begonias - March is the best time

Begonias may only be planted in the garden after the Ice Saints. You can prefer the flowering begonias as early as March.

The begonia (Begonia) has really not had it easy over the last few years. After years of popularity, enthusiasm for the blooming plant gradually waned. Begonias were seen less and less on balconies and terraces, even less often in the beds of private gardens and parks. Suddenly the begonia was considered old-fashioned, the plant of the grandparents, but just like in fashion, the tastes of ornamental plants are constantly changing and so it happens that the begonia is seen with different eyes again today. Quite rightly, because with its enormously long flowering time, which extends from late spring to well into autumn, its intense colors and the large number of flowers, it has the edge over many other plants.

Origin of the begonias

Before the begonia could begin its success story on our continent, it had to travel a long way from Santo Domingo to France. It all began in 1695 when the botanist Charles Plumier set off on his third overseas research trip on behalf of the French King Louis XIV. In what is now the Dominican Republic, he discovered a wealth of previously unknown plants - in addition to the fuchsia, he was also enthusiastic about the begonia. He took it to Europe and named it after one of his traveling companions, the French naval officer Michel Bégon. Over the past 325 years, more than 1,800 other species of begonia and thousands of new varieties have been added. This makes the genus of the begonia one of the most extensive in the plant world - and it continues to grow. Because through selection and breeding there are always new groups and varieties that come up with special properties, leaf shapes and colors.

“For example, the so-called Ameri hybrids are brand new in the begonia range - almost nobody in Europe knows them yet. I would like to change that, because the tubers are really excellently suited for planting in beds and pots, ”emphasizes flower bulb expert Carlos van der Veek from Fluwel. “Its flowers are more intense in color and larger than you know from begonias. Their location is also somewhat unusual: These begonias like it as sunny and warm as possible, then they grow better and bloom more abundantly. "

Prefer begonias in pots from March

The tubers of the Ameri hybrids are only planted after the ice saints in mid-May, when the danger of ground frost has passed. Unfortunately, the plants cannot cope with freezing cold. If you don't want to wait that long, you can start moving forward as early as March. To do this, plant the tubers in pots with potting soil and place them in a light, moderately warm place in the winter garden, in the greenhouse or on the windowsill. There they can already begin to grow and are already small plants when they come outside in May.

“The light in the open air is of course different from that in the living room or winter garden. The sun shines more directly and intensely and can therefore easily clog the fresh, tender leaves of the begonia that has been driven out, ”explains van der Veek from Fluwel. “In the protected area, the plant develops softer foliage that burns quickly in direct sunshine. Therefore, I advise you to place the begonia outdoors in a shady spot near the house wall for a few days for the time being. There the plant can get used to the changed light conditions in peace. Only then should the begonia be in direct sunlight in the garden or on the terrace. "

The advantage of preferring is the same as with dahlias: the plants develop buds early on and therefore delight much sooner and therefore longer with their impressive blossoms. Further information on planting and care as well as a wide range of begonia bulbs, but also many other summer bloomers, is available at