Begonia boliviensis

Nancy Ellis
Thu, 29 May 2008 22:45:09 PDT
Ditto here for Carlo's treatment. I've grown it 4 years now. Never  
thought to grow it year round as understand it has a natural  
dormancy- perhaps I'm mistaken.

Nancy Ellis
Dayton, Oregon

On 30 May  08, at 12:54 AM, wrote:

I just dry out the pot and bring it in to a cool dry (root cellar,  
basement, etc.) place. You can pretty much ignore it until it shows  
signs that it wants to wake up. I haven't TRIED to keep it going by  
bringing it in before dormancy--don't know how that would work.

It was put back outside and watered just a week or two ago after it  
started into growth. So far it's slow...but it was spectacular all  
last season, so I can wait...


Carlo A. Balistrieri
The Gardens at Turtle Point
Tuxedo Park, NY 10987
Zone 6  (845.351.2049)
Visit: and its BGBlog

-- wrote:
Hi Tsuh Yang,
Yes, Begonia bolivensis is tuberous.  My tuber came from Brent and   
Becky's a
few years ago, it is quite large (maybe 5 inches across) and I just
replanted it in a hanging basket outside yesterday.  For winter  
storage in  our
climate, I wash and dry the tuber off in fall after the plant has  
died back,  and
pack it in a plastic ziplock bag.  I recommend keeping a watch on it or
applying fungicide in case of mold, but so far my tuber hasn't had   
problems.  It is
easy to grow outside, but doesn't like our hottest summer  days.  I  
there might be a few strains of it around, the BB strain is  an older  
one, I
suspect, but I believe there have been newer introductions from  wild  
collected mate
rial, at least out west.
Good luck,
Ernie D.

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