The Tubers Pinterest Recommends Growing In Spring For Beautiful Blooms Of Color

Spring is the time many people associate with blooming flowers and the renewal of nature. As recommended by Pinterest, it can also be an ideal time to plant tuberous begonias. If you haven't heard of them, tuberous begonias are a large and colorful species that resemble roses. They will brighten up any garden space, big or small. This flower species usually starts to bloom 12 to 14 weeks after being planted, which means that if you plant them in spring, they probably won't bloom until summer is almost over. 

However, by starting the growth process indoors, you're essentially speeding it up, meaning your begonias could flower earlier in summer. By planting the seeds of your begonias in March or the beginning of April, you're relatively likely to see them bloom in July, so you can enjoy them longer. If you're interested in growing these beautiful blossoms, here's all you need to know so you can grow and take care of your begonias properly.

Tuberous begonias need to be given specific conditions to thrive

You should aim to pot your begonias approximately 8-12 weeks prior to when the last frost where you live will be. Though begonias do thrive outside, they are very sensitive to cold, which is another reason why we recommend starting the planting process indoors before moving things to the garden. A good measure of when you can put this type of begonia outdoors is when the night temperature doesn't fall below 50 degrees Fahrenheit. To plant, you'll need a shallow tray with a reasonable amount of space. Fill the tray with potting mix and then plant the begonias next to each other. Leave a one-inch gap in between each plant. 

You should keep the tray in a darkened room, watering just enough to keep the potting mix damp. Once the begonias are showing signs of growth, it's time to shift their tray to a space with lots of light (still remaining indoors). When leaves start to become visible and outdoor temperatures have risen beyond the point of frost, it's okay to transfer the begonias outside.

Your begonias will thrive if you follow the right steps

When moving tuberous begonias outside, you can do so either in the potting tray or in individual pots, depending on the size of the buds. If separating them, aim to leave a gap of around 10 inches in between each bud. The best spot in your garden to plant begonias is one with access to light but that isn't in direct sunlight for long periods of time. Though begonias dislike cold, they cope better with sun that isn't as strong in the first hours of the morning and just before it sets in the evening.

The main thing to remember is to begin growing begonias indoors at the start of spring so they will bloom during summer — the earlier in spring you can get started, the better. Additionally, leaving enough space for the buds to grow both in the indoor and outdoor stages is crucial for a good outcome. Above all, remain patient in the weeks before you start to see any growth. Planning ahead is necessary for this beautiful flower species, but will make the outcome all the more worthwhile.