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New Fuchsias for 2016!

We have several Fuchsias that are new to Babyplants for Spring 2016. Jack Shahan is a trailing fuchsia with pink sepals and a pink single corolla. Jack Shahan has been awarded the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award...

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10 Brand New Varieties for 2016!

We are pleased to announce that we have 10 brand new varieties for 2016! Bacopa Double Lavender has lovely pale purple double flowers on a backdrop of green foliage. Bacopa spreads as well as trails, giving you full hanging...

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Non-flowering plug plants

When planning your summer planting, it is often easy to overlook non-flowering plug plants in favour of more colourful blooms.  But in many ways non-flowering plants are essential to mixed tubs and baskets.  We have a...

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Begonia Illumination® Golden Picotee Plug Plant

Begonia Illumination® Golden Picotee Plug Plant

Price: £0.99

COLOUR: Golden flowers with a red edge

HEIGHT/SPREAD: Can trail up to 30cm

IDEAL FOR:  Hanging baskets

FLOWERING PERIOD: June - October

PLANTING POSITION: Full sun or shade

HARDINESS: Half-hardy Annual

SUPPLIED AS: Jumbo plugs with a 3.5cm rootball

​DISPATCH: March - May

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New to babyplants for 2017! A beautiful tuberous Begonia with a trailing habit.  These Begonias will provide colour all through the summer with vivid blooms.  Begonias are extremely versatile.  They are one of the only summer bedding plants that grow well in shade, making them ideal for brightening up shady areas of the garden.  They also grow well in full sun, just make sure that you don't water them when the sun is out, else the leaves will get scorched.  

These Begonias are grown from seed but will produce a tuber.  We class these Begonias as a half-hardy annual.  If you want to overwinter them, lift the tubers before the first frosts and store over the winter.

These plug plants will need potting on into a 9 or 10cm pot and growing on in a greenhouse or on a sunny windowsill.  They can also be planted straight into hanging baskets as long as they are kept in the warm.  They need to be kept at a minimum of 7 degrees celsius.  We recommend that you keep your plug plants quite dry in the early stages of growing to encourage root growth.  Begonias tolerate dry conditions and do not like to be overwatered.  However it is very important not to let them dry out completely!  The compost should be kept moist, not waterlogged, but also not dry and dusty.  

Once the risk of frost has passed your Begonia plants can go out in the garden.  Begonias grow in all apsects including full sun or shade.  Feed them weekly when they are in flower with a good quality multipurpose feed.  Watering is best done in the morning or evening instead of when the sun is at its strongest, to prevent the leaves from being scorched.