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STEP 2:

Water your tuber sparingly until growth begins. The idea is that the terrarium will act as a greenhouse, retaining moisture and helping your begonia grow. You also want to make sure you place your begonia in a sunny location in your home. Even though begonias are shade plants, when they are getting started they need a little more sun.

STEP 3:

Depending on the temperature of your home (best temps for starting begonias ranges from 65-75 degrees F), you will see sprouts in around 10-12 days. This can vary, so just be patient. When your begonia sprouts to the size of the pot on the right (above), remove the terrarium. It may take 5 to 6 weeks to see significant growth above the soil line. Water when the soil is dry to the touch.

MATERIALS:

• Begonia tubers (make sure you use quality tubers that are firm and have no bruises) • Potting soil or a potting mix • Small pot, about 3-4″ in diameter • Terrarrium dome • Dish for the base

(All of these come as part of Longfield Gardens’ begonia terrarium kits)

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