May 24, 2012 - 08:58

This attractive compact fibrous begonia series has consistently double flowers. Fairyland begonias bloom at an early age and perform equally well in a pack or in a pot. In the garden, they add durable and season long color to combination pots, as a specimen on the patio or in the landscape plantings.

Use a well-drained, peat-based growing mix with a pH of 5.5 to 5.8 and EC less than 1.5. Do not bury the plugs. Keep soil temperature at 65 to 68° F for rooting out, then lower to 63 to 68° F to grow on.

Keep light levels less than 4,000 foot-candles. Low light levels promote bigger leaves and faster growth; high light levels promote hard leaves and earlier flowering.

Practice a good wet/dry moisture cycle, but avoid drying below roots until they have reached the bottom of the container, as this will result in uneven and stunted growth. Water early in the day to avoid leaf scorch on sunny days.

Feed twice a week with 150-ppm nitrogen from 20-10-20, 15-5-15 or 17-5-17. Increase moisture and feed levels if growing under high light levels. Reducing feed and drying down between irrigations tones the crop.

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