Unwins Seeds
94

Know your catalogue codes?

Quick Shop

Begonia Illumination Apricot and Tropical Shades

Begonia Illumination is an extremely floriferous cascading begonia for hanging baskets, containers and window boxes. An F1 variety, it produces a mass of huge double flowers, 5 – 8cm (2 to 3”) in diameter,
that bloom from summer right through to late autumn.

These begonias will thrive in full sun or partial shade – regular watering and dead-heading is required to keep baskets and containers looking their best. They prefer light, rich, well drained soil – mix in slow release fertiliser and water retaining crystals when planting in baskets and containers. Height 20 to 25cm (8 to 10”), trails to 40cm (16”). Plant 6 to 8cm apart (2 to 3”).

Begonia
Growing Instructions

- Unpack plants immediately and check the compost to ensure it has not dried out in transit, water with a fine spray if the compost is dry.

- Pot up as soon as possible (preferably within 24 hours) into 7.5cm (3in) pots.

- To remove the plants from their cells, gently push the blunt end of a pencil (or similar) up through the hole in the bottom of the cell. Handle plant carefully by the root ball, not stems, to avoid damage.

- Grow on for a few weeks in a light, frost-free place but avoid direct sunlight. Keep moist but do not over-water. If very cold weather is forecast, cover with a layer of fleece.

- Pinch out the growing tips on leggier varieties to produce a stronger, bushier plant.

- When plants have grown on and formed a good root system, begin to harden off, by getting them slowly acclimatised to outdoor conditions. Place outside during warm bright, still days, but bring back in at night.

- Plant when all danger of frost is passed, this is usually from late May, but will vary from year to year, if in doubt, leave for another week.

- If planting the top and sides of a 12” basket we recommend using between 6 to 10 plants, for a 14” basket 12 to 16 plants.


Aftercare

- Water well during hot, dry spells, paying particular attention to containers and baskets which can dry out quickly. In hot weather we recommend watering baskets and containers twice a day – in the morning
and evening.

- Dead-head plants regularly to encourage a longer flowering season.

 

begonia_illuminations

Back To Top
Close

Sign Up for our FREE newsletter - Full of great tips and offers