I planted them three to a twelve-inch pot, and they grew beautifully in the light shade of my Juneberry tree with scarcely any attention from me. It helped that we got regular rainfall this summer because I often forgot they were out there and didn’t water them when I watered my other containers.
I had two pots of them, but I only brought one pot in to winter over. It is still blooming like crazy in a western window. The leaves are not looking too happy, which may be due to the adjustment of moving indoors. Or it could be my erratic watering practices (ahem). But it also does reside in the same room as our wood stove. The stove is on the other side of the room, but I’m sure it dries out the air, despite the kettle of water we keep on the stove.
If I can keep this begonia alive throughout the winter, I’m hoping to root cuttings and plant them in the window boxes. For now, I am very pleased to see its bright blooms on the many dreary winter days.
Inspired by the words of Elizabeth Lawrence, “We can have flowers nearly every month of the year,” Carol of May Dreams Gardens started Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. On the 15th of every month, garden bloggers from all over the world publish what is currently blooming in their gardens, and leave a link in Mr. Linky and the comments of May Dreams Gardens.