Winter Care of Begonia Flowers

Overview

Begonias are native to South and Central America and have more than 1,000 known species. These perennial flowers do not handle freezing temperatures and need a little extra care to survive winter time. This is especially true in northern climates where temperatures can drop below freezing for long periods at a time.

Step 1

Dig up your begonia in late fall after the foliage dies or after the first frost. Use a hand trowel to carefully dig out around the base of the plant and gently lift it out of the ground.

Step 2

Place the plant on newspapers in a sunny, dry location. Allow it to dry thoroughly for one week. The plant must not get wet.

Step 3

Cut all remaining foliage back 1-inch from the base of the roots or tubers. Shake off excess soil.

Step 4

Place the tubers in a paper bag and fold over the top of the bag to seal it. Set the paper bag in a cool, dark, dry place such as a garage or basement. If storing more than one plant or set of tubers, place individual tubers into separate paper bags.

Step 5

Re-plant the tubers in late spring or after the chance of the last frost has passed. They can also be planted into containers.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not keep your begonias in the ground during winter time. Do not water container plants brought indoors during the winter months.

Things You'll Need

  • Trowel
  • Newspapers
  • Paper bags
  • Pruning clippers

References

  • Gardening Know How: Overwintering a Begonia in Cold Clmates
  • Gardening Central: Begonia Care
  • My Web Garden: A Comprehensive Look at the Garden Begonia
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Residing in Southern Oregon, Amy Madtson has been writing for Demand Studios since 2008 with a focus on health, pregnancy, crafts and gardening. Her work has been published on websites such as eHow and Garden Guides, among others. Madtson has been a childbirth educator and doula since 1993.