Nothing brightens up a shady garden like Begonias. Unlike many annuals, they thrive in shade, blooming profusely in shades of red, pink, orange, white and yellow. These flowering bulbs are available every spring, however can also be started early indoors.
Choose a soil suitable for use in seeding/containers. Schultz Seed Starter is a great choice. Nestle tuber so that it rests just below the soil surface, with the hollow side facing up. Water tubers in well so soil settles around them.
Once plants start to flush out green growth, provide them with a sunny window or grow light. As plants grow, ensure you rotate them once per week to encourage dense, even growth. If plants start to form flower buds prior to planting out, these can be pinched off to divert energy back into growing leaves - there will be lots of time to bloom in summer!
Here are some types to try:
Vibrant blooms with crimped edges that resemble large carnations.
Blooms resemble the exotic camellia, but in bright, colourful shades.
Unique red and white blooms all summer long on compact plants.
Two-tone flowers on 12-14” plants are perfect for containers.