Begonias

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  1. carolyn

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    20170403_142148-1.jpg So I had this plant that I tried to keep over the winter but it died off.... I moved the pot to the greenhouse and left it.... There were knobs left in the soil from the roots. They weren't dead but there didn't seem to be anything to indicate life. I was out there yesterday and here is what I found.
     
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    eileen Resident Taxonomist Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    Isn't nature wonderful? I love to see plants that I thought were dead putting out new growth. You must let us see yours again when it flowers for you.
     
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    Jerry Sullivan Garden Experimenter Plants Contributor

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    In northern climates dormancy is part of the natural cycle of a tuberous begonia, the plant is doing as expected. Planting in well aerated soil with limited water until the it again develops more roots assures a hardy plant for summer. 60 to 70 degrees with filtered light and quarter strength fertilizer as it develops new leaves and flowers will make for another happy plant to enjoy the Ohio summer. Three cheers for summer of flowers. :)

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    it was a fibrous begonia... which is why I was so surprised. It was a plant I started from seed last year. I think it was a Bossa Nova variety.
     



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    Jerry Sullivan Garden Experimenter Plants Contributor

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    Oh!! Will wonders never cease! More cheers for the plant and for an enjoyable summer.:) A spunky plant for eking out another season.

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    20170403_142153-1.jpg This is what the one that hasn't sprouted looks like. Kind of like a potato. Just a brown smooth knob sitting at the surface of the soil. Call me shocked as I did not know they would do this.
     
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