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Picotee Lace Apricot Begonia

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AmeriHybrid® Begonias - Picotee Apricot Lace

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The newly introduced picotee lace begonias have delicately crimped and pleated, ruffled petals with a crisp white lacy edging. Apricot Lace boasts light peachy apricot petals with the signature contrasting white edging. Bulb size: Large (2" and up)

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The newly introduced picotee lace begonias have delicately crimped and pleated, ruffled petals with a crisp white lacy edging. Apricot Lace boasts light peachy apricot petals with the signature contrasting white edging. 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 Begonias are also known as Begonia Tuberhybridia. They grow up to 18 inches tall.

Additional Information

Growing Instructions for Tuberous Begonias:

OUTDOORS:

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.

Tuberous begonias are tender and cannot be placed outdoors until danger of frost is past. Tubers can be planted from February to June. In areas with hot summer temperatures, it is wise to have the plant well established before hot weather arrives. In order to advance the planting season they may be started indoors about 8 weeks before the proper planting season. Fill a flat or box at least 2 ½ inches deep with coarse peat or loose soil. Place the tubers hollow side up with the top just below the surface. Keep the soil MOIST, but do take care not to over-water before growth is started. Optimum temperature should be from 50 to 75 degrees F (10-24 degrees C), but slightly higher or lower will do no harm. Starting at 72 degrees F is ideal to advance growth for earlier bloom. After the bud appears, the plant needs sufficient light. The begonias may be transplanted to an outdoor location any time after good root development is apparent and before the top growth is more than 4 to 5 inches tall.

Begonias prefer cool, moist conditions, so on very hot days, frequent spraying of plants with water will help maintain cool conditions.
After leaves turn yellow and the blooming season is over, water should be withheld. Tubers may be lifted and stored in a cool, dry location until planting time again next spring.

INDOORS/GREENHOUSE:

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.


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