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Tuberous Begonia (pendulous cultivars)

Summer and Fall-Flowering Bulb, Annual Flower

Begonia x tuberhybrida pendulous cultivars
Begoniaceae Family

The drooping form of these Tuberous Begonia cultivars make them great for hanging baskets. The frost-tender plants are prized for their showy blooms in bright, tropical hues. Best grown sheltered from direct sun and wind.

Site Characteristics
  • part shade
Won't perform well in full sun.

Soil conditions:

  • requires well-drained soil
Prefers rich, well-drained soil.

Special locations:

  • outdoor containers - Great for hanging baskets.
Plant Traits

Lifecycle: annual

Tropical perennial grown as an annual.

Ease-of-care: moderately difficult

Height: 1 to 2 feet

Spread: 1 to 3 feet

Bloom time:

  • mid-summer
  • late summer
  • early fall

Flower color:

  • red
  • orange
  • yellow
  • white
  • pink

Foliage color:

  • medium green
  • dark green
  • other

Leaves may also maroon, brown, bronze, or other colors.

Foliage texture: medium

Shape: weeping or drooping

Shape in flower: flower stalks with flowers hanging downward

Special Considerations
Special characteristics:
  • deer resistant
  • non-aggressive
  • non-invasive
  • not native to North America - Product of horticultural selection, parent material native to South America
Growing Information
How to plant:

Propagate by seed, cuttings, division or separation - Sow seeds indoors in very early spring. Take basal cuttings or offshoot stem cuttings during the growing season, or divide the tubers before spring planting.

Plant the tubers "eyes up" indoors in early spring in flats of peat moss and sand. Place the trays in a dark location at 65 F until 1" tall shoots appear. Cover the shoots with additional mix and move the trays to a lighted location at the same temperature. Transfer the plants to pots when they are begun to grow well. Plant them outdoors after all frost danger has passed.

Maintenance and care:
Water without wetting leaves to prevent foliar disease.

In early fall, before frost danger, gently remove the tubers from their beds, cut off the foliage, and place the plants, their roots still covered with soil, in a cool, well-ventilated location until spring.

More growing information: How to Grow Annuals

More growing information: How to Grow Bulbs


Powdery mildew
Stem rot
Root rot

‘Apricot Cascade’: 2’ tall plants with oval leaves and double apricot-colored blooms with toothed petals.

‘Illumination Series’: 1’ tall plants with deep green leaves and cascades of pastel pink, peach, salmon, white or orange double blooms. Heat resistant.

‘Lou Ann’: pink blooms on 1’ tall plants.

‘Ophelia’: 1’ tall plants with white blooms.

‘Orange Cascade’: 2’ tall heavily branched plants with large double orange- or peach-colored blooms.

‘Yellow Sweetie’: golden yellow blooms on 1’ tall plants.