What is Half-Hardy Tuber?
Plant that grows from an underground storage organ. Generally supplied in a dormant condition with no top growth. Can be grown outdoors but requires winter protection from frosts and temperatures below 0C.
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Height Up to 20cm (7.9in) Spread Up to 25cm (9.8in)
A magnificent specimen for any garden, Begonia 'Crispa Marginata' really does stand apart from all the others. Creamy white flowers with a wonderful bright red frilled edge surround the golden yellow centres for a really dazzling display! This great little begonia is absolutely ideal for adding a lift to any part of the garden, be it in a raised bed or border or in containers on the patio. Supplied as tubers. Height: 20cm (8"). Spread: 25cm (10").
Culinary note: Add the bright coloured petals to sandwiches or salads for a light lemon taste and crisp texture. For more details about edible flowers click here.
Tubers are ideal for containers and baskets, making a larger plant in the first year than plug plants or growing from seed. From February, start tuberous begonias off in well-drained, moist compost in a warm, frost-free position in bright light. When planting begonia tubers, position them just below the compost surface with the indented side facing upwards. In hanging baskets the tubers can be planted at a 45 degree angle with their roots toward the centre, to encourage plants to cascade over the sides of the basket. When begonia plants are well grown and all risk of frost has passed, gradually acclimatise them to outdoor conditions over a period of 7 to 10 days, before planting them in their final positions. Choose a sunny or semi shaded position that is protected from strong winds.
Feed and water plants frequently throughout the growing season taking care not to over-water, as this will cause new flower buds to drop. Deadhead the single female flowers to encourage more of the large double male flowers to be produced. At the end of the growing season the leaves and stems will yellow and fall off naturally. Reduce watering to prevent begonia plants from rotting at this stage. When the stems have all dropped away, dig out the tubers. Clean and dry them before storing them away in peat or sand at 7-15C (45-60F) until they can be replanted next February.
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