Nonstop begonias are a type of tuberous begonia, sturdy bloomers that add a bright spark, even in
partial shade or low levels of sunlight.The plant comes in a range of
colors, including various shades of red, orange, pink, yellow,
apricot, salmon and white. Although Nonstop begonias are usually grown
as a perennial, you can lift the bulbs in winter and replant the following spring. Plant Nonstop
begonias in a flower bed, hanging basket or patio container.
1. Plant Nonstop begonias in well-drained soil and partial sunlight.
Avoid direct afternoon sunlight, which may scorch the plant. In a
container, plant the begonia in John Innes Multipurpose compost with slow release tablets and they will look after themselves for the rest of the summer. Additional feeds of tomato food can be given for extra flowering, but with slow release, this is not essential.
2. Water Nonstop begonias as needed to keep the soil slightly moist.
Never overwater, as muddy soil and humid conditions may result in
diseases such as mildew or stem rot. Try not to splash water on leaves or flowers as this can fade and scorch blooms.
3. Dig the begonia tubers after the first hard frost and store them for
the winter. Dig the tubers, and then cut the stems, leaving only about 1 inch of stem attached to
each tuber. Spread the tubers to cure in a cool, dry room for two to
three weeks, and then store between 40 and 50 degrees Fahrenheit in a
box filled with dry vermiculite or perlite.
A nice recipe for colour!
- Large pot (terracotta or glazed, 50cm or so)
- John Innes Multipurpose Compost
- Slow release tablets
- 3 non-stop Begonia
- 3 Busy Lizzies
- 2 Nepeta (trailing foliage plant)
Trailing double begonias are great in a tub, container or hanging basket, especially if you have a dark corner in your patio or garden. Just 3 begonias in each basket or pot and you will have a riot of colour all summer.