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Tis the season for Begonias! This warm, summery weather is perfect for these beautiful flowering plants. Place your Begonia outside on a patio, balcony or deck...just make sure they aren’t baking in the sun all day. Morning sunlight is preferred, and try to keep them out of the harsh afternoon sun. Also, don’t forget your Begonia outside in a massive rainstorm – no one likes a soggy plant. No room outdoors? No worries! Your Begonia will look wonderful in a sunny window or just about anywhere that receives bright indirect sunlight. Here are some informative facts and tips about Begonias:
[Latin name] Begonia x hiemalis
[Common name] Reiger begonia, Elatior begonia
[Uses] Houseplant, outdoor plant
[Colours Available] Wide range from red, orange, coral, yellow, white, light pink, hot pink, two-toned including red/orange, pink/white and red/white.
[Watering] Keep the soil evenly moist and do not let the plant stand in water.
[Light Needs] Bright indirect light, (enjoys East, West or Southern exposure best). Can go outside in summer into dappled afternoon light.
[Temperature] 50-75°F, 10-24°C
[Humidity] Medium humidity. Misting the leaves is beneficial (try not to soak flowers, they can rot).
[Soil- Drainage etc] A strong soil that drains well yet retains moisture is best. A pot with a drainage hole is essential.
[Feeding] Can be fertilized as often as every 2 weeks during growing season. While dormant in fall or winter, do not fertilize until the spring.
[Common Problems and How to Solve] Begonia can get mites, mealy bug, aphids, crown rot and mildew. Most of these issues are caused by over-watering and conditions that are too moist. Do not over-water and make sure your soil drains well.
[Safe for Pets?] Begonias are not known to be poisonous to pets. If your pet does have a reaction after consuming it, bring a sample of the plant with you to the vet.
[Special Care] Make sure to pinch back the plant to avoid a spindly look. Remove any dead or dying flowers to keep it looking fresh.