mossonthemoon
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Two inherited potted plants: begonia and mum

I have recently inherited two plants from a friend. One is a mum, the other is a begonia. The mum came with a lot of buds, so I thought I would have flowers, however they have opened and look like straw. I cut those off and have some new buds. Some look like they already are dry in the bud, so I removed those, but left the completely closed buds for now. The leaves look very good. Is there anything I can do to help it?

I have attached pictures of the begonia because I don't know the type. I have never had a begonia before. It looks okay after removing the dead flowers, but there were some leaves that looked fine but were completely dry through one stripe in the middle, where they broke off. The rest of the leaf wasn't dry in those cases. Some of the healthy flowers also came off very easily, but the plant has new growth and other than being uneven, looks good.

I think both could do with repotting. Is it safe to do that at this time of the year? Do either (particularly the begonia) need a special mix? Should I put the begonia outside? I worry about our nights, which are still not very warm (down to 8-10 Celsius); and the wind, which can go up to 23mph gusts at this time of year (though I do have sheltered areas).

The begonia can be seen here: [url]https://imgur.com/a/vCVaK/all[/url]

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beautiful begonia

sorry i am a new gardener i have a couple that i bought put in the ground then switched to containers am hoping they will b ok mine r red have never seen one that color though it is gorgeous
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When I tried to look at the pic of your begonia, the page I got said "file not found". If you want to fix the link, I'll try again later.
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link worked for me.

here's a link to just one of the pix

[url]https://imgur.com/a/vCVaK#IkOiI[/url]

It is a lovely color!

It's a wax begonia and the flowers do naturally come off very easily. It is known as self-cleaning, because it doesn't need to be deadheaded, the flowers just drop on their own. It looks quite healthy.
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Oh thanks! I am glad you said that because I was going on the assumption it was tuberous. I'm not really sure why other than that I expected the leaves to be more waxy feeling if it was a waxy one. I will leave it for now, then. I thought roots were coming out of the bottom, but I just checked and they're not. A quick google says they like to be pot-bound. If that's the case I will wait to transplant it.

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tuberous begonias:

[img]https://www.flowerwower.com/tuberous-begonia.jpg[/img]


wax begonias:

[img]https://natorp.guivisions.com/assets/SiteEngineManager/assets-featured_plants/begonia-wax.gif[/img]

wax begonias only get to be 6-12" tall. Tuberous begonias because they can be dug and stored for the winter and replanted in spring get much larger and have larger flowers.
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