Winter Care of Begonia Flowers


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


  • 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.