Learning To Grow Begonias From Tubers

By | September 2, 2017
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A tuberous-rooted begonia is a beautiful plant to grow. It has lovely double-flowers as well as textured foliage. They make excellent potted plants as well as bringing color to summer gardens.

In order to get the earliest flowers, you should start your tubers off by letting them sprout in a seed tray or in a box of damp potting soil in the months of February or March.

Space them approximately two inches apart, and do not bury them too deeply. The top side should just be covered by a surface layer of potting soil.

The begonias like to be put in a temperature of about 64 degrees Fahrenheit. However, they do not seem to mind higher temperatures.

After the tubers have sprouted and you can see small leaves, transfer the tubers to a five inch pot and cover them with compost. Since you will probably be using the begonias in an outdoor garden, begin getting your begonias acclimated to the temperature outdoors in stages.

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This process should probably begin towards the end of May. After a week, if the threat of frost has passed, you may leave your begonia plants outside all night.

Begonias like a place that is moist and partially shaded. If they happen to be in the sun for most of the day, then you should water your begonias frequently in order to prevent bud drop.

As the plants continue to grow and buds begin to form, the begonias should be given a regular liquid feed every ten days or so. This will help to promote good growth as well as an abundance of flowers!

Using Metal for Garden Edging

Metal garden edging can be an expensive alternative for your garden edging but surely it’s one strong and durable material for your plant bed. This type of edging is effective in straight and level applications but also can be manipulated to edge gardens with unique shapes. A landscape with metal edging creates a modern and contemporary feel in a garden. Metal edging is highly recommended by most professional landscapers. Though expensive than plastic garden edging, it has benefits closer to the latter because of its flexibility and ability to accommodate even slopes and gentle curves. Metal garden edging lasts longer than plastic, it remains intact for almost 10 to 40 years.

Metal edging comes in aluminum, steel, and wrought iron. If you want a low maintenance edging, steel is a great option. Steel edging can be bought painted or non-painted. You may buy ones with your preferred color, buy it non-painted and paint it with any color that you like before installing the edging, or just use it in a stainless steel finish. The downside of steel edging is that, it does have sharp edges that can be real hazard especially if you accidentally nick the edging with your mower. Steel edging is also prone to rust. Aluminum edging, on the other hand, is safer to work with and won’t rust. If you want a long-lasting and lighter metal edging, you may also try aluminum edging.

Another popular metal edging is the wrought-iron edging. If you are a gardener who does not only value function (like keeping annoying grass and pets away from your plant beds) but beauty as well. And if you have the budget and already have a permanent landscaping plan for your garden, wrought-iron edging is an ideal option for you. Wrought-iron edging has been used since the invention of blacksmiths and has been proven as effective decorative edging that adds beauty and charm to many gardens. This metal edging gives a relaxed and Old-World kind of look to garden that attracts attention. The only downside of this type of metal edging is it is expensive. Thus, when you decide to use this edging, you have to be sure of your long-term garden landscaping.

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Maintain your metal garden edging firmly in place by buying the edging with loops in the back surface. Stakes can be inserted inside the loops and hold the edging in place. Keep in mind that steel edging, if it isn’t galvanized, will eventually rust. Thus, it may be a bad choice for wet climates.

Metal edging is an excellent choice for keeping your plant bedding well-manicured. Its installation can also be made without the help of a professional gardener or landscaper. Most metal garden edging is available in 10-foot lengths. If the edging is longer than the border of your plant bed, you can use a hacksaw to cut the material. If the edging is shorter than the border of your plant bed, you can connect another roll by overlapping stake pockets and inserting a stake.

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