A beautiful, unlabelled blend of listed and alternative varieties. AmeriHybrid Tuberous Begonias are the latest and greatest in breeding, they are the result of over 80 years of careful selection from one farming family. The compact, vigorous plants will make your shady areas and pots pop with a succession of huge, colourful flowers.
This is their first release in Australia and we are proud as punch to offer them to you. They have impressed our farmer in trials and he says they just keep getting better. The flowers are real attention seekers, and average an impressive 15cm across, with some up to 20cm. They are semi to fully double and their petals glitter in the sunlight. There is a parade of them throughout summer and autumn with numbers increasing as plants establish.
AmeriHybrid Tuberous Begonias are happiest where ferns and orchids grow and like to almost dry out between waterings.
Tuberous Begonias grow best in pots, in climates with cool nights. You can easily grow them in the mild areas of NSW, the Qld Tablelands, Victoria, Tasmania and south of Perth in WA. They won't tolerate high humidity or direct sunlight so it is best to place your pot where it receives filtered light such as under a tree, shade cloth, a porch or in a shade house.
It is important to get the watering right, they are a bit fussy, but easy to please once you know how.
1. When the Begonia tuber begins to shoot in August/September keep the soil just moist, watering as the soil begins to dry.
2. When the plants are actively growing and flowering, saturate the pot (avoiding the stem and leaves), then allow the soil to dry out before watering again. This is important because if it is kept constantly wet it can breed fungal or bacterial infections and cause tuber rot.
3. When the Begonia tuber is dormant (winter), you need not water at all, until around August/September.
When potting, we recommend adding a handful of perlite or sand to a good quality potting mix. It is important that you don't rely on the potting mix for fertiliser, it has a limited amount and should be supplemented with a slow release fertiliser every 3-4 months, and, for best results, add a liquid seaweed tonic during growth and flowering - this will ensure the best blooms.
If you would like larger flowers, you can disbud your Tuberous Begonia plants through December and allow the blooms to begin from January. The larger flowers will even last longer.