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Miami, FL
(Zone 10b)

January 17, 2011
5:52 PM

Post #8316110

Hello everyone !!! I'm looking for tuberous begonias. I absolutely love the flowers. I bought tubers last year from Brecks and they never came up and promply died. This was before I knew about The Garden Watchdog and DG in general. So now I'm looking for good, healthy, reliable sources. Any help will be appreciated.
Thank you;
Powder Springs, GA
(Zone 7b)

January 17, 2011
6:11 PM

Post #8316130

Golden State Direct in CA and White Flower Farm (expensive B&L tubers). Never bought from either of them but I hear they are good.


Miami, FL
(Zone 10b)

January 17, 2011
6:21 PM

Post #8316141

Thank you so much for the fast reply. I checked White Flower Farm first and the selection is beautiful but boy are they expensive. I'm a college student with limited budget so I can't spend almost 50 dollars for one tuber and then Golden State Direct has no ratings on the Garden Watchdog. I couldn't find it anywhere so I am hesitant. Thanks again for your help. I'm sure that I'll find something before spring.

This message was edited Jan 17, 2011 10:39 PM
Duluth, GA
(Zone 7b)

January 17, 2011
7:21 PM

Post #8316245

I've ordered directly from Blackmore and Langdon, and I'm awaiting my shipment from England. Check their website to see if it's cheaper to order directly from them. Look at the greenhouse quality tubers, they maybe NOID but worth it for the money. I love White Flower Farms products, but yes they are expensive. I plan on propagating some plants from the side shoots and if I'm lucky and they grow, I'll be happy to share. I've got Amy, Coppelia, Apricot Delight, Helena, Jean Blair, Mardi Gras, Lancelot, Majesty, Tahiti, and 6 greenhouse quality tubers ordered. It came out to be ~ $17.00 per tuber, even with the rate coversion from pounds to dollars.. Hopefully they'll do well.

February 21, 2011
9:59 AM

Post #8384425

I would go to local garden centers. Then you see the size and condition of the tubers.
I also buy from those which have them in labelled packages because I find that if the tubers are in open bins----they get all mixed up,---- and you do not know whether the tuber is the colour and type that you were looking for.

In Calgary, the best tubers, this year, have come from Belgium. I do not know the company name.
One tuber for a red camellia flowered was nearly 3 inch in diameter.

This message was edited Feb 23, 2011 3:34 PM

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