Around Valentine's Day we always get our begonia corms out of their winter protection and prepare to "start them off" so we have a good early display in the summer. For those of you who may "throw" your hanging basket begonias away I thought I'd show you what a few years feeding and storing can do to them..........................
The corm on the left is in its fifth year and the one on the right in its third.
I always start mine off direct into the basket; some gardeners start them in trays of compost but my way means you don't have to disturb them again. I mix compost, vermiculite, feed pellets and water storing granules up and put a few handfuls in the bottom of the basket; then just gently push the corm into the top of the compost. As the corms start to shoot I slowly build up a depth of compost mix over them until its about an inch from the top (important to leave watering space)
To prove this system works...this photo was taken 7th May last year
And this was taken late August...still going strong!
I had a look round the garden once I'd done this and was pleased to see some new shoots on our Japanese Blood Grass.
I thought this little Iris looked sweet poking up through the cyclamen.
Now to clean my dirty nails.............visit RUTH'S SHOOTS for a handy tip about this.