CARE TIPS

‘Nonstop’® flowerpower
                                - no problem
                

Plant lovers will find home-sowing and raising
tuberous begonias a tremendous challenge.
It is safer - and more comfortable - to buy
‘Nonstop’® young plants at the beginning
of the planting season. From April through
to the first frosts, the ‘Nonstop’® begonias
will earn their name, flowering nonstop all
season long!

How much water do ‘Nonstop’® begonias need?
Keep the plants on the dry side. Make sure to avoid
water logging to ensure untroubled masses of flowers.

What is optimum feeding?
Starting around 2 weeks after planting, apply an
propriety multiple fertilizer at 1.5 ml (0.0528 fluid
ounces) per liter (1.0567 quarts) of water weekly
or biweekly.
Working in a slow-release fertilizer at the time of
planting is a good alternative. The nutrients are
provided to the plants as needed without you
having to take any additional action. Repeat
the slow-release fertilizer application after a
period of 3 months.

Do ‘Nonstop’® begonias require any deadheading?
Deadheading is not necessary because the plants
shed flowers as they fade, replacing them with new
flowers.

Is it possible to change the habit?
‘Nonstop’® has a naturally well-branched habit. If
the plants produce excessively long shoots and
get congested, the central shoot may be removed
to improve the plant habit. The plants will then
develop a more rounded habit covered by a mass
of flowers.

How do I protect ‘Nonstop’® from disease?
Its “wild” past makes ‘Nonstop’® sensitive to mildew.
Controlling this disease is, however, easy and can be
done as a preventative measure. We recommend that
you spray your plants approximately every other week
using an propriety mildew spray. This will prevent the
plants from becoming infested in late summer.

How do I protect ‘Nonstop’® against late frosts in spring?
It is not a bad idea to harden off plants bought before
mid-May prior to planting, accustoming them to the
UV radiation. After planting, cover the ‘Nonstop’®s
with non-woven fleece in cold nights to protect them
against frost.

Is there a second life for my ‘Nonstop’® begonias?
Being annuals, ‘Nonstop’®s cease to flower when the
first frosts come, but the plants are able to survive in
the ground by developing tubers. If you overwinter the
tubers in a dry dark place, they will turn into colorful
new ‘Nonstop’® bloomers again in the spring.