|Latin name:||Begonia x tuberhybrida 'Zwitserland'|
|Delivery type:||Supplied as bulb or tuber|
|Guarantee:||1 year growth and flowering guarantee|
|Preferred location:||Sun, Half shadow|
|Leafs all year:||No|
|Flowering:||June - October|
|Growing Height:||30 - 40 cm|
|Planting distance:||15 - 20 cm|
|Planting depth:||10 cm|
|Bulb diameter:||3 - 5 cm|
In the spring, plant the thick tubers of Begonia Maxima 'Switzerland' in the ground, in a flower pot or in a planter. Watch out for night frosts. Use pots with holes in the base so that the water can drain away. Cover the bottom with a layer of potsherds or hydrograins. Put soil in the pot and plant the tubers, spaced approximately 20-30 cm apart. Cover the tubers with 1-2 cm of soil. Water your Begonia Maxima 'Switzerland' immediately after planting. Begonias grow and bloom well in partial shade.
Begonia Maxima 'Switzerland' makes a great combination plant
Our Begonia Maxima 'Switzerland' is great when combined. With its beautifully shaped red flowers and dark-tinted leaves, the plant is very decorative throughout the summer. In your flower bed or border, you can combine Begonia Maxima 'Switzerland' with Arum 'Black Forest' and Topmix Dahlias.
Frequently remove the faded flowers of Begonia Maxima 'Switzerland' to encourage a good growth. For an extra rich flowering, when the plant is established it is often advisable to provide a regular liquid feed. Protect from direct, bright sunlight. The compost around the tubers should not be too wet as this may cause the begonia tubers too rot. The stems and leaves contain high amounts of moisture, therefore they can definitely not tolerate frost.
Begonia Maxima 'Switzerland' can be preserved throughout the winter.
Begonia tubers are easy to preserve during the winter. After the first night frost and when the begonia foliage begins to yellow, reduce watering until the pots dry out. Lift the begonias and cut the stems back to just above the tuber. Attach a label with the name Begonia Maxima 'Switzerland' to remind yourself for the next year. Shake the compost from the begonia tubers and place them in a box with compost and sharp sand. Keep the tubers in a frost-free area. Next spring, you can plant them once again and the plant will reward you with its beautiful flowers.
If you want your Begonias Maxima 'Switzerland' to flower earlier you can 'withdraw' them. Place them in a shallow tray in moist compost at 15-20˚ C during the month of April. When shoots begin to appear, place them in potting compost. By the beginning of May, they will get used to the outdoor temperature and you can plant them from mid-May onwards in either your garden or in a pot.