Begonia Plants – Colorful Flowers, Attractive Foliage
Begonia plants include over 900 species (not including hybrids). The
begonias grown as houseplants are warm-natured, and generally originate
from tropical regions.
All begonias have fleshy stems and uneven leaves – one half of the leaf
is longer than the other. The shape of the leaves vary. Begonia leaves
can be rounded with scalloped edges, elongated hearts, or ivy shaped
Flowers are either male or female. Female flowers (a home for seedpods)
last for weeks, while male blooms are usually short-lived.
Some begonia species that are grown outdoors can also be
grown indoors for short
lengths of time – tuberous begonias (grown in hanging baskets), and wax
Begonias that are ideal houseplants include Angel Wing
begonias, Rex Begonias, and Rieger Begonias.
Begonias vary in size and longevity, as well as leaf and flower shape.
Wing Begonias are popular houseplants due their attractive
leaves and colorful flowers. They are long-lived and can be propagated
easily by rooting stem cuttings.|
Begonias are harder to grow; however, their unique
stained-glass leaves make a striking display. They produce large leaves
that are marked with dramatic colors, such as pink, green, silver and
Begonias are used for short-lived color, commonly displayed
on windowsills. When the flowers fade they can be propagated from
rooted stem cuttings or discarded. The best time to purchase Rieger
Begonias from the florist is early winter, when the flowers are on the
brink of blooming.|
Begonia is known for its round, thick, waxy leaves – giving
this colorful flowering plant its common name. They can be displayed in
containers or hanging baskets. Wax Begonias can also be planted as a
border or mass planting in the landscape.|
Tips for Begonia Care
- Begonias are sensitive to changes in their environment. It
is best to buy begonias from a local nursery. If the plant must be
shipped, warm weather conditions are preferable.
- When you bring begonia plants home, protect them from
drafts and dry conditions by enclosing them in a loose plastic bag for
the first few days. Handling begonias with care in the first few weeks
can improve longevity.
- Begonias can be propagated by setting stem tip cuttings to
root in a warm, humid environment. Some species can be grown from seed;
however, the easiest method is by rooting stem cuttings or leaves.
- To avoid problems with overwatering and root rot, do not
plant begonias in larger containers.
- Begonias can suffer from over-watering, as well as
extremely dry soil. A general rule of thumb is to allow the top inch of
soil to become almost dry between watering; however, water requirements
will vary by species.
- Begonias need moderate to dry humidity. You can place
begonias on a tray of pebbles filled with water or place them near a
Begonia care requirements can vary, depending on the species. Be sure
to review the requirements that are specific to your plant.
- Basic Tips and Information
- Choosing the Right Containers for Your Plants
- Tips and Techniques
- Tips on How to Grow Begonia Plants