Are these dahlias or begonias please?

eilnan(8)October 14, 2013

Hi
Does anyone know?
I bought some bulbs last spring - begonia and dahlia. I planted both in April/May in containers. One set of bulbs didnt grow. One of them came up yellow, as pictured. I thought they were dahlia initially (going by the colour of the dahlia that was pictured on packaging), but they look like the shape of begonia. The packaging of the begonia said they would be bright orange! There are 2 different shaped blooms on them so I'm not overly sure. Can anyone confirm is the flowering plant begonia? Any ideas why the others didn't grow? Perhaps I planted them too late or should they be ok in containers?
Thanks
Eileen

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w1ldflower(5)

Begonias.

    Bookmark   October 14, 2013 at 2:51PM
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mytime(3/4 Alaska)

Begonias have separate male flowers and female flowers...they are monoecious. That's why there are 2 differently shaped flowers. There are several types of begonias...yours is a tuberous begonia.
Just for future reference, both your begonia and dahlia grow from tubers (like potatoes), and not bulbs.

This post was edited by mytime on Mon, Oct 14, 13 at 15:17

    Bookmark   October 14, 2013 at 3:10PM
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michael1846(6)

i also thought begonias

    Bookmark   October 14, 2013 at 3:13PM
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eilnan(8)

Great. Thank you very much everyone. I much appreciate your advice and the background info too mytime!
Cheers
Eileen

    Bookmark   October 14, 2013 at 5:05PM
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