A really fabulous looking begonia. Picotee begonias produce superb flowers, with this variety producing flowers that are yellow with a red slightly frilled rim. They will brighten up the shady areas of any garden, but are also very suited for containers. They have a long flowering period which starts in July. Especially good in containers but also ideal for bedding or border schemes.
Start off tubers in a greenhouse or similar from January to March and harden off before planting out after the fear of frosts have passed. Alternatively they can be plant direct into containers or borders outside from April on-wards. Soils should be well cultivated to a fine crumb and the tubers planted with the top just showing above the soil level. When planting in containers use a mixture of 50/50 multi-purpose compost and john innes number 2 or similar. Keep compost moist during the growing and flowering season and especially in containers make sure they are fed with a liquid fertiliser such as tomato food.
Tip: It is often difficult to tell which way up to plant begonias but the stems will appear from the rough or concave side of the bulb.
See tims tips begonias on youtube for detailed instructions.
Flowering height: 12-14″ (30-35cm)
Flowering period: July to first frosts
Soil type: All free draining soils or in a tub use 50/50 of multipurpose compost and something like John innes 2 with a handful of grit.
Aspect: Semi to full sun in the warmer parts of the garden.
Full growing instructions provided or visit Tim’s Tips/begonias on youtube.