Begonias On Parade ~ Post your photos! forum: Illumination

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Imagechelle
Jan 4, 2011 6:28 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana

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Illumination x tuberhybrida begonias.





Imagekqcrna
Jan 10, 2011 8:37 PM CST
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh
Oh, wow, Chelle, those are beautiful!

How many of the illumination begonias would you plant in, say, a 10" or 12" pot?

Karen
Imagechelle
Jan 11, 2011 12:02 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Hi Karen.

I agree, those were/are fantastic tubers! I'd probably only use one or, at the most, two in those sized pots. These were in a 30" sphagnum lined basket, and there were 5, 3" sized tubers in it. It could have probably done with 4, it was pretty full with 5.

I had one tuber only in my 10 -12" pots, (not Illumination, but pretty. I love yellow begonias, especially when the leaves are very dark!)

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Imagekqcrna
Jan 11, 2011 12:06 PM CST
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh
Thanks, Chelle. I'm trying a few from seed this year for the first time. I've never grown any begonias from seed before.

Karen
Imagechelle
Jan 11, 2011 12:41 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
I saved seed from this one! Have you started yours already? I've never tried them from seed before either. I've been reading a lot about it though, sounds interesting, if a bit of a long-haul operation. Big Grin
Imagekqcrna
Jan 11, 2011 5:10 PM CST
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh
I sowed a few in an APS-12. Six cells are illumination apricot, 6 cells are Bada Bing. They germinated in about 7-10 days (I think) with bottom heat. That was in early Dec. Now, they're only about 1/4" tall, starting to get leaves. Slow going!

Today I sowed another APS-12 of Big Red with Bronze Leaf.

As I said, this is my first try with begonias from seed, so I'm just fumbling along. I'm not sure when they should have been sown. Time will tell. I was following the directions on Stokes Seed site.

Karen
Imagechelle
Jan 11, 2011 6:05 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
I've heard too that they'll seem to sit forever before they decide to do much growing, but you've got germination! How cool! Hurray!
Okay, now I'm getting antsy to start some too. Big Grin
Imagekqcrna
Jan 11, 2011 6:28 PM CST
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh
Chelle, Stokes gives very specific directions:
http://www.stokeseeds.com/product.aspx?ProductID=41287&Categ...

Please understand that I'm no expert on growing seeds. I'd consider myself an experienced novice. But I have to say that I think the APS systems do work extremely well.

Gardener's Supply APS
http://www.gardeners.com/APS-12/APS_Cat,32-575,default,cp.ht...

Karen
Imagekqcrna
Jan 11, 2011 7:54 PM CST
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh
Here are my one month old begonia seedlings. As you can see, not much action.
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Karen
Imagechelle
Jan 11, 2011 8:13 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Oh! They're so cute! It looks like you had very even germination too. I'm so excited for you!
I'd consider myself only partially experienced in seed starting, if that.
I do appreciate a good experiment however. Smiling
Imagekqcrna
Jan 11, 2011 9:03 PM CST
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh
Me, too.

I'm not sure quite why I do all this. It's partially because I generally can't find all the neat new plants locally. Or I can find them in the sizes I want. (Last year I wanted 1" cell packs of impatiens, no luck finding them. So this year, I'll grow my own). But for the most part, I think it's just fun to experiment and see what I can do. I can easily find wax begonias locally, but I'd rather be able to say "I grew them from seed!"

Most of my seeds I wintersow, so much easier. But I don't think begonias or impatiens would do that well WSown in my zone. They're the only ones I plan to do inside this year. The rest of my indoor stuff will be limited to propagating my coleus cuttings.

Karen

Imagechelle
Jan 11, 2011 9:28 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Oh, yes. I so hear you there. I'm only planning on starting a few inside this year, I just haven't the space or the right lighting....and I'm not gonna stress myself out trying to make it so. Begonia, canna and caladium bulbs, indoors. Begonia and torenia seeds, indoors. Most of the rest are just gonna have to take their chances in the unheated GH, or in winter sown containers. I have a lot of different kinds of seeds this year!
ImageAndi
Feb 8, 2011 5:34 AM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
You are organized! I just sprinkled the seeds in a soda bottle container and later transfered separate clumps into pots. eventually, I separated out plants. It was not the most efficient way, but I was thrilled to get germination and plants. The few that I put in the garden got much bigger than the ones in pots. I collected more seeds (which I shared, of course) and have kept some plants alive this winter. I noticed seedlings starting in the pots. The seedlings looked as thick as moss and were slow growing, but eventually flowered. My first try was a cane type begonia, I am tryng seeds of other kinds now. They seem to like sunlight and warm weather - both in short supply in chilly PA today.
Imagekqcrna
Feb 8, 2011 8:59 AM CST
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh
I'm not organized, just lazy. I wanted to start them in individual cells to avoid separating later. Like I said, lazy.

Here are my begonias now, not the best picture. On the far right is 6 cells of Illumination. Behind that, lighter color, barely visible 6 cells of Bada Bing. Still in the APS in the center is 12 cells of Big Red. They have germinated but are too tiny to see here. (The tray on the left covered with plastic is impatiens which I just sowed yesterday).

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Off topic to this post, but here is a tray of coleus cuttings I started a few weeks ago. They just look pretty on this dreary winter morning.

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Karen
Imagechelle
Feb 8, 2011 12:34 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Those look really nice, Karen!

My collected begonia seeds haven't spouted yet. I planted them 1-29.
I'm not sure if their situation is warm enough, but I'll keep my fingers crossed. I started some lisianthus right next to the begonias on the same day - they germinated in only 3 days! I was pleasantly surprised.

Andi, the warm and sun will come again - it just seems to take forever this time of year! Are you starting begonia tubers yet?
Imagekqcrna
Feb 20, 2011 7:43 AM CST
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh
I'm not starting any tubers, just my seed-grown seedlings. I don't have much shade in my yard, I'm only using these few for pots and baskets on my covered front porch.

My illumination and bada bing seedlings are getting big, and bada bing starting to bloom. Obviously I started them way too early. The big red seedlings just seem to be sitting still, very slow growth.

Karen

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