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Anyone know about begonias?
Posted by: $tevie
Date: May 19, 2006 03:41PM
We had a staff meeting this week and we were each given a plant. I got what I was told is a begonia. I would like to leave it in my office but I don't know a thing about plants and I have no idea if it can live on my window sill or not. Very cold AC during the day, no AC at night. Northern exposure.

Or -- are these strictly outdoor plants, and I should take it home and give it to my husband to stick outside?

And is it really a begonia for that matter? I'm just assuming the co-worker who told me that, knew what she was talking about.

OH, and they are white not pink.





Sorry for the blurry pics, they are from my camera phone (which takes dreadful photos for the most part). But they look okay as thumbnails, I notice.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 05/19/2006 03:42PM by $tevie.
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Re: Anyone know about begonias?
Posted by: AlphaDog
Date: May 19, 2006 03:48PM
Yup, it's a little fibrous begonia, and it looks like it was started for use as an outdoor plant. I don't know about where you live, but they do very well up here in the Northwest. Here, they can tolerate what passes for full sun, but I don't think that would be true all over.

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Re: Anyone know about begonias?
Posted by: DaviDC.
Date: May 19, 2006 03:50PM
I think it would do better outside than in a north office window.



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Re: Anyone know about begonias?
Posted by: $tevie
Date: May 19, 2006 03:53PM
I'm in Baltimore, btw.

If they like full sun, I don't think it is going to like the air conditioning in this building at all.

"Virtually untouched by bugs or blight", sounds like a good plant for our yard!

Thanks.



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Re: Anyone know about begonias?
Posted by: voodoopenguin
Date: May 19, 2006 04:49PM
So what were you told at this staff meeting? Is it a test? Will you be fired if it dies?

Here in the UK some begonias are used as outdoor bedding plants and treated as annuals once the risk of frost has passed while other begonia varieties are used indoors where they last for years and grow that much bigger. I have three in my conservatory which gets very hot at times while my mother-in-law had several in a cool and quite dark room. They seem to thrive anywhere.
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Re: Anyone know about begonias?
Posted by: billb
Date: May 19, 2006 04:54PM
It's an annual. It won't winter over in Baltimore.
I've had good luck with them in window boxes planters.
Will get about 10" tall/wide.
Would probably do all right indoors, but will need a better bigger pot. 6 or 8 inches.
Nice because they are in constant bloom.
Nice for a deck plant pot, too.
Don't seem to need quite as much watering as other annuals in pots, such as Wave Petunias.

Edit: Oh, yeah, first frost will do them in.



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Re: Anyone know about begonias?
Posted by: h'
Date: May 19, 2006 05:13PM
What billb said. See if yo can talk your coworkers into giving you theirs for your garden bed. Otherwise they'll all be dead after noone waters them.
I've been noticing funky plants sold for the wrong purpose this year.
Paticularly impatiens being used for hanging baskets.



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Second, nothing changes unless you change it. If you don't want the behavior to be repeated then you need to take action. Otherwise the kid has learned that his behavior is the way to get things done, because everyone lets him get away with it.
In the meantime I sympathize because I've been there.
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Re: Anyone know about begonias?
Posted by: voodoopenguin
Date: May 19, 2006 06:08PM
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h'
Paticularly impatiens being used for hanging baskets.

I suppose it depends what impatiens but I've used them often in hanging baskets. Years ago my mother had one as a houseplant that was 7 feet tall and was constantly in flower for 5 years, not sure that would have fitted a hanging basket!
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Re: Anyone know about begonias?
Posted by: Gutenberg
Date: May 19, 2006 07:14PM
Impatiens and petunias do very well in hanging baskets. They enjoy crowding. Only hassle with petunias is that you have to drag the basket down to deadhead.

I would put the begonia on the window sill and see how it does. If it gets unhappy, take it home and transplant it.
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Re: Anyone know about begonias?
Posted by: billb
Date: May 19, 2006 07:14PM
Impatiens in a hanging pot isn't so crazy.
1. I t tolerates shade. So it's good for an enclosed patio or roofed sun-room.
2. They're aromatic. Also nice for an enclosed area.

Non-traditional plants in baskets sold last year. "basket" plants sold out. Probably this year, too.
Container gardening (including hanging pots) is rather popular right now. Especially with people who actually use their decks and patios and want some color, but not the same old/ same old. Don't want the work of gardening in the ground. (weeds, bugs, animal destruction, etc. )
My sister manages a whole bunch of greenhouses and a retail business with a few outlets throughout Ma. (Olsen's). She's mentioned that several times, "people are buying weird things". Non-tradional is "in". What the buying public will open their wallet for can be a tough racket. You have to stay on top of trends or you can start/import all the "wrong" things.
I thought wax begonias in all my 'window box' planters was kind of a crazy idea, but I got lots of comments and they were a LOT less work than the usual plantings I've done in the past. (plus they were free delivery left-overs) (they bring 250 plants to someone who ordered 200 to "pick" from. If the slide doesn't make it back to the greenhouse, they don't have to be put back away.) I get lots of runts and brokens. In a couple weeks you can't tell.
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Re: Anyone know about begonias?
Posted by: billb
Date: May 19, 2006 08:18PM
Light:
If your northern exposure window is sufficient that you don't quite need the lights on during a cloudy day, it should do fine.
If it's a rather dark room with just a rather small north window, it may have a hard time.
I wouldn't exactly call it a 'full sun only' plant, but they will do well in full sun without scorching/bleaching.

One small note about in a container outside. If growing well and healthy and in a plastic pot, they can succumb to ''sail effect' on a windy day. The 'branches' can bend and break rather easily if blown over and/or left on their side on the ground too long.
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Re: Anyone know about begonias?
Posted by: bfd
Date: May 19, 2006 08:53PM
"Do the name Ruby Begonia strike a familiar note?"

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Re: Anyone know about begonias?
Posted by: $tevie
Date: May 19, 2006 09:48PM
Thanks for all the tips and suggestions, everybody.
smiling smiley



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Re: Anyone know about begonias?
Posted by: ztirffritz
Date: May 20, 2006 11:08PM
SCARLET BEGONIAS

As I was walking round Grosvenor Square
not a chill to the winter
but a nip to the air
from the other direction
she was calling my eye
Could be an illusion
but I might as well try
Might as well try

She had rings on her fingers and
bells on her shoes
I knew without asking she was
into the blues
Scarlet begonias
tucked into her curls
I knew right away
she was not like other girls
...other girls

In the thick of the evening
when the dealing got rough
she was too pat to open and
too cool to bluff
As I picked up my matches and
was closing the door
I had one of those flashes:
I'd been there before -
been there before

I ain't often right
but I've never been wrong
It seldom turns out the way
it does in the song
Once in awhile
you get shown the light
in the strangest of places
if you look at it right

Well there ain't nothing wrong
with the way she moves
Scarlet begonias or a
touch of the blues
And there's nothing wrong with
the love that's in her eye
I had to learn the hard way
to let her pass by -
let her pass by

The wind in the willows played tea for two
The sky was yellow and the sun was blue
Strangers stopped strangers
just to shake their hand
Everybody playing
in the Heart of Gold Band
Heart of Gold Band


I like the additional lyrics added by Sublime:

And just to get her trust,
I bought a microbus,
and I sold off all my personal property.

She wore tie died dress,
she was a psychadelic mess,
We toured to the north, south, east, and west.
We sold some mushroom tea,
We sold some ecstacy,
We nitrous, opium, acid, heroin, and PCP...
now I hear the police coming after me,
now I hear the police coming after me.

The one scarlet with the flower in her hair,
she got police coming after me.



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