Begonia Picotee Apricot Scarlet has semi-ruffled double blooms that are creamy apricot with a highly contrasting scarlet red edge. Blooms are large, approximately 4 to 8 inches in diameter! Picotee Apricot Scarlet is a showy and versatile variety which is perfect for upright or hanging basket containers and can be planted indoors or out. We ship fresh, healthy and very large bulbs (2 inches in diameter) that produce spectacular begonia plants!
Begonia bulbs are typically planted in the spring, although they can be grown indoors year-round. Their flowers first start opening around mid-summer and they bloom continuously until the first signs of frost. AmeriHybrid® begonias enjoy partial sun to full shade and are great plants for all zones.
They are hardy in zones 9-10. For all other zones, lift the bulbs before the first frost, store in a cool, dark location and replant the following spring.
AmeriHybrid® Picotee Apricot Scarlet are also known as Begonia Tuberhybridia. They grow up to 18 inches tall.
Growing Instructions for Tuberous Begonias:
Begonias should be planted with 1 to 1.5 inches of soil covering the top of the tuber, in well-draining beds or large pots. Partial shade is necessary in all but the coolest climates, although begonias do need at least some sunlight. An Eastern exposure is also acceptable, receiving full sun in the morning with afternoon shade. Any light soil is satisfactory. Humus such as peat moss or leaf mold is good for retaining moisture and creating slightly acid conditions. Begonias need to be moist at all times. Any mild fertilizer can be used at intervals throughout the season. A natural fertilizer such as fish emulsion is ideal. For best results, fertilize lightly in the first few weeks of growth, as this will promote earlier bloom. Increased nitrogen after blooming begins will help maintain greener foliage.
Tubers may be planted directly in pots or started as above. Pots should be at least 6 inches in diameter. Any good potting mixture will serve, or and humus and sand for good drainage to any suitable loam soil. Bright, indirect light is necessary and cool temperatures are required.