One flower

Asked January 5, 2020, 8:36 AM EST

I planted my bulb in the late summer. I only got one blossom. It sits in a south east window where it gets some morning sun. I live in SC zone 9. See attached pic. What can I do to make it bloom? I water when it is dry to touch.

Greenville County South Carolina

4 Responses

Hello!

This plant appears to be a tuberous begonia. Is there any chance you still have the packaging for the bulb? Also, what color did it flower? Have you applied any fertilizers to the plant?

Thank you for any help you can provide!
Jordan

I have used the miracle grow potting soil to plant. I actually brought the bulb home from France so I don’t have the packaging. I purchased it in a garden store. It is a beautiful peachy pink flower

It sounds like it is a good possibility the begonia is tuberous. Generally speaking, those are heavy feeders and may benefit from fertilizer application. A general indoor plant fertilizer or water-soluble fertilizer should be good. Consider cutting the recommended fertilizer rate in half, then assess how the plant responds to the application. If it seems like more is needed, apply again at half the recommended rate. Light, frequent fertilizer applications may prove better than heavy, infrequent applications.
See more information on the webpages linked below.

https://pss.uvm.edu/ppp/articles/begoniain.html

https://hgic.clemson.edu/factsheet/growing-begonias-indoors/

https://www.begonias.org/

Jordan




Thank you! I will give it a try!