Episode from the podcastYou Bet Your Garden

Save your annuals!

Released Saturday, 6th September 2014
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Winter’s icy grip will soon put an end to our annual plants. Mike McGrath, host of You Bet Your Garden, will reveal how you can bring the brightest member of your shade garden inside for free indoor color all winter long! Plus Answers to all your growing questions.

Question of the Week:

I planted ‘Dragon Begonias’ this year on the advice of a friend after complaining that NOTHING would flower in my shady yard. I bought a dozen plants mail order, put them in the ground in early spring and by Mother’s day, all but one were thriving. My husband bought me another four plants at a local nursery and I planted them in the same area. It is now near the end of August and my begonias have thrived, providing me with a beautiful bounty of non-stop lovely red blooms that delight me every day. My question is: Can I somehow preserve them for replanting next year? I’ve been asking friends and I’ve gotten as many answers as I have friends. Some say, “no way; when they die, they’re done”. Some say to cut them way back at the end of the season and bring them indoors in pots. Some say to hang them bare root in my basement thru the winter. What do you say??”

— Rose in Riverton, New Jersey

Learn how to grow begonias indoors »

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