Begonia plants are probably America’s favorite plant flowers. With tons of variety, Begonias are popular in flower beds, as container plants, for hanging baskets. Begonias are mostly prized for their flower as well as their showy leaves. Growing Begonias is very easy. They make a good indoor house plants because they tolerate shade well.
There three types of Begonias: Semperflorens, Tuberous and the uncommon Perennials. The Semperflorens are by far the most popular. They include wax Begonias, fibrous Begonias and Everblooming Begonias. Depending on type of Begonia, you can find white, red, yellow, or pink varieties. All Begonia varieties will grow compact, dense foliage, and at least 6-9 inches tall.
Begonia plants are propagated from seed or cuttings. Seeds are fine, dust-like, and take two to three weeks to germinate. Most people will buy seedlings rather than try to start these tiny seeds. Begonia plants are annuals and do not like frost in the spring or fall. The plant enjoys rich, loose and fertile soil which drains well. Always water thoroughly, and then allow the soil to dry before the next watering.
Begonias react well to attention. Always remove dead flowers, leaves, and stems. Constantly, trim off long stems to help retain its compact shape. A little care will pay you back with plusher foliage and more blooms. Apply general purpose fertilizer once a month. Liquid fertilizers work’s best.
Your begonias are generally healthy plants free from insect infestation. Keep away from frost as they will die if exposed to cold. You can easily re-pot the plants if they appear crowded. Always use rich potting soil. Keep them near a sunny window, but gradually reduce the sunlight.
Until they adjust to your indoor temperature, you may see significant leaf drop. But, in a week or two, they will be well adjusted to lower light levels and dry conditions in your home. They will brighten up your home all winter and you will love it!