Tuberous begonia ‘Nonstop Mocca Deep Orange.’

Photo credit:  Rob Normandeau

Okay, I am officially in love with this begonia.  Who wouldn’t be?  The hot orange blossoms + that delicious rich chocolatey-coffee foliage colour = YUM!   I’ve paired ‘Mocca’ with green-leafed ‘Nonstop Orange’ in a partly-shaded location, and the two are doing fabulously!

Easy-care annuals, tuberous begonias (Begonia x tuberhybrida) really only need watering (from below or with care if from above – try not to get too much water on the leaves) and a little shot of food every couple of weeks during the growing season – and they’ll perform all summer long.  Although they do not like a great deal of direct light, tuberous begonias are surprisingly heat tolerant – and, indeed, get a little cranky under prolonged cool and wet conditions.

Because I’m so enamoured with my new acquisitions, I’m going to try to save the tubers over winter, which I hear is a rather delicate process with varying degrees of success.  I know I’m bookmarking this article, which discusses the method in some detail.

Are you growing tuberous begonias (or rhizomatous, or Rex, or any other type) in your garden?  Have you ever overwintered tuberous begonias?  Do you have any tips for me?

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  1. I love begonias and I’m looking forward to having a lot of them in the garden next year. This one is a gorgeous plant, I love orange flowers.

  2. It’s a really lovely colour. Hope you can keep it over winter. I managed to keep one for a year indoors as a house plant and let it rest after it stopped flowering. It did well in spring, but then died on me that autumn! No idea why!

    • I’m excited to try to save the tubers over winter; hopefully it will work! It’s really strange that yours didn’t last beyond a year indoors; I wonder if there’s a secret to keeping them as houseplants.

  3. I am flowers person I love flowers and sailing around the world.
    Merry Christmas and Happy New year!

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