MY OLD FRIENDS ‘MARMADUKE,’ ABOVE, and ‘Little Brother Montgomery’ and all the other fancy-leaf begonias I grow for double duty–garden display in spring and summer, houseplant service all fall and winter long–are tucked in safely with me, thank you, but neither they nor I are happy about it, truth be told. Low light and dry indoor air and a dry, frigid outdoors as the only alternative aren’t the happiest of times, but onward we trudge. It’s a good time for a reminder on how to make these rewarding plants as happy as possible in the offseason, and every time of year. (Plus, they make great holiday gifts…sources included along with all the tips and a begonia slideshow–all right here.)
November 17, 2014
growing begonias, with tovah martin
I’M ALWAYS LOOKING for ways to make my many houseplants, especially the fancy-leaf begonias, feel more at home year-round–especially through the hot, dry wintertime indoors...
March 12, 2010
growing fancy-leaf begonias, indoors and out
IN LATE WINTER ‘YOU JUST TRY TO KEEP THEM BARELY ALIVE,’ Mobee Weinstein said when we met at a professional event one recent February. I..
I love these old favorites and love how they add so much life to a home. I too have ‘bonfire’ but because of my mild California climate, it is outdoors through the year. Of course it will go dormant soon. I LOVE it when it bursts through the soil and begins to flaunt its stuff. Hurrah!
Happy growing and SO look forward to your new book,
Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island
We heat with wood and the indoor plants love the pan of water that sits on the stove all winter long. Now, if the weather would get above freezing I would be happier also!