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Posted: Mon May 13, 2013 10:16 am
Hello. Someone gave me a begonia corm with two little shoots in the top, a couple of weeks ago. I've put it in compost in a pot and left it outside but nothing seems to have happened since. Is it normally a slow growing plant or is something wrong?
Posted: Mon May 13, 2013 11:56 am
Begonias can take a while depending on the variety but they need to be planted very high so the surface or your new shoots are just above the level of the compost. They can be prone to rotting and so the depression in the top of the corm should not be allowed to fill with water for this reason. Also to actually sprout corms they need a temp of about 22c. If they have been brought on at that temp and then put outside they could also have gone into shock. So have a dig around to see if they're still viable and move them up a level and keep them well watered but free drained somewhere a bit warmer.
Hope this helps
Posted: Mon May 13, 2013 12:36 pm
I don't know where you live Daffodil, but if you are in the UK, you should deffo have it indoors it will just rot in the cold and wet that is happening at the moment. Bring them on in the greenhouse or windowsill and gradually harden them off outside.
Posted: Thu Jul 04, 2013 9:04 pm
It's still healthy, but it's growing veery slowly!