How to care for begonias

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Begonias

Begonias are beautiful and easy to care for once you get the hang of it. While there are several types and groups of begonias, you can be sure that your garden will be better off no matter which kind you choose.

To be sure your begonias will do well, you should know the basics of how to care for begonias.  With the right care, your begonias will grow with a flourish that will make any gardener happy. This is a simple guide for you to get started.

Soil for begonias

The best kind of soil to grow begonias is a more acidic soil. This means it has a lower pH level.  Also, people may find that they prefer the use of mixed soil for their begonias.  A good example of this is a mixture of heavy soil, manure, and peat moss.  Light soil mediums such as sand are also acceptable to mix into your begonia’s soil.

Take your time to experiment with your soil to find out what type is best for you and your begonias.  Remember to take your environment conditions into consideration when choosing the best soil type.

Watering

Your begonia roots must never be dry.  Because of this, make sure to keep your begonias watered and mulched.  However, you should never overwater your plants.  Keeping begonias moist is most preferable.  Find out how much water your begonias need and what watering increments are best in your situation. 

You may also want to use fertilizer, but not very often.  This will keep your plants healthy and alive longer if done properly.  If you want larger leaves on your begonias, fertilizer is the way to go.  Follow the directions on the fertilizer you choose to minimize inquiry.

Lighting

Begonias require some shading, so make sure that you don’t plant them in an area that gets direct sunlight all the time.  If begonias get too much sun, the leaves may appear too thin.  However, if begonias get too little sun, they get to spindly.  Moderate lighting is the best setting in which most begonias thrive best.  Keep an eye on your begonias and adjust to their lighting needs accordingly.

Temperature

Begonias are a plant with origins from the tropics, but they are also highly adaptable.  Most begonias grow their best in temperatures of cool to moderate settings.  There are some types of begonias that can thrive in cold weather conditions; however frost is the worst thing for begonias. 

If you live in a place that freezes over for the winter, it is a good idea to dig up and store your plants in your garage or any frost-free area that is well-ventilated.  Before storing the begonias, make sure that you clean them off and cover them with dry sand or peat moss.

Pest Control

Although relatively pest free, you may have problems with insects if it isn’t treated the right way. There are several insects that love begonias, but watch out for the caterpillars.  Caterpillars are very fond of begonias, especially their leaves.  If you’re not careful, they can damage your plants, but with the right repellent, it will keep the insects away from your begonias.

Grooming

Trimming dead or yellowing leaves is a must when grooming and caring for your begonias.  Flowers that are no longer alive and healthy should be cut as well. If you find that the stems are getting long, cutting them is okay.  It will prevent your begonias from getting too leggy.

Propagation

It is common to cut the stems, seeds, and leaf sections from begonias.  By doing this, you can expand your garden, share your begonias with your friends, or bring some of them inside.

These are just some basic ideas and practices that every begonia grower should know.  By knowing the basics of how to care for begonias, you’ll be able to tweak it to meet you’re the environmental needs as well as the needs of your begonias. With time and experience, you will be able to develop your own style and way to grow begonias according to your specific environment.  The most important thing to remember is to have fun building your garden and growing your begonias!