Begonias From Breck's
Begonias are a favorite of many gardeners, with their cheerful blooms signaling summer and warmer weather. Add high-quality begonia bulbs from Breck's to your garden for flashy red, yellow, pink, or orange flowers. Or, plant our begonias in containers for a colorful container garden on your deck or patio.
Which Begonia Varieties Should I Buy?
Begonias are available in a variety of styles, colors, and shapes - you'll enjoy our picotee and double blooming varieties, as well as our cascading begonias for hanging baskets! You may plant begonias in containers or in beds of their own--many gardeners prefer to separate them into unique bundles of a single varietal. Begonia flowers often stand between six and 12 inches tall but some varieties reach close to two feet, and they provide a base layer of foliage when planted in groups.
Where to Plant Begonias
We adore begonia bulbs for summer gardens. The leaf and flower in a range of colors, and their tolerance for shade makes them an excellent choice for a variety of placements. Begonia flowers bloom into whites and warm colors, adding a sense of tropical beauty to a range of growth zones. Add begonia bulbs to the garden for beds of color amid rich green leaves. Begonia bulbs thrive in shaded areas, and their rich colors make them an excellent choice for those dark pockets of the yard that get half sunlight during the day. Whether you place them in baskets or arrange them in beds, begonia bulbs emerge with fresh colors during the warmest months of the year.
How to Plant Begonias and Begonia Bulbs
You can plant begonia bulbs in any well-drained soil; just allow about a foot between each plant and plant them about 4 inches deep. Plant a begonia tuber in potting soil, round side down, about 1" below the surface. Water well and then keep the soil moist but not soggy. Keep in a warm, semi-shady area. When all danger of frost has passed, transplant outdoors being careful not to disturb the roots. Keep in a warm, semi-shady area. When all danger of frost has passed, transplant outdoors being careful not to disturb the roots.
When to Plant Begonias
In cold areas, start begonia tubers indoors about 6 weeks before you anticipate the last frost. Hardy begonias grow well in zones 3 to 10. If you live in zones 3 to 7, be sure to lift them in the autumn seasons to keep them flowering year after year. Begonia bulbs come into bloom during the summer months and offer a variety of options for the garden.
How to Care for Begonia Bulbs
In the garden, begonias need rich, porous, well-drained soil and shelter from the wind. Space 12" apart in shade or partial shade. Keep the soil evenly moist and fertilize at least once a month. Tuberous begonias should be dug and immediately given a bath after they are lifted. Begonia bulbs should be stored over the winter in shallow, open trays; if there may be mice or other rodents, place a wire covering over the open trays. Read our guide on how to care for begonias
for more information and tips.