Past Articles Library | Annual Flower Profile-Begonia
Begonias can be found everywhere. Container gardens, flower pouches, hanging baskets, and even flowerbeds can be a simple home for this beloved plant. Do not think that you are limited to the kind of begonia that fills many nurseries.
Begonias come in three types. This includes the tuberous, semperflorens and perennials. The semperflorens are the most common and come in fibrous, wax, or everblooming varieties. These little darlings can be found outlining the perimeter of many landscape designs.
The tuberous is the next common variety and can be found in container gardens and in flowerbeds while the perennial variety is the least common.
Regardless of the variety you choose, most begonias only grow 6 to 9 inches in height and contain either green or bronze foliage. Blooms, on the other hand, can come in red, white, pick or yellow.
Begonias can be started in three ways, which includes seed, cuttings, and division. The most common form of propagation is through cuttings. To do your own cutting is simple. A basic stem cutting is done and then the cutting can be dipped in a rooting hormone and rooted into a rooting medium or can just be rooted in water.
Propagation by division is only performed on the tuberous begonia.
Basic Care of the Begonia
Regardless of which type of begonia you choose, you will need to prepare the soil. Begonias love a soil or planting medium that is rich in nutrients and loose. Once you have the soil prepare, the next step is to decide which begonia to plant in this location. Begonias like full sun or full shade. While this creates a huge gap, there is an easy way of determining where certain begonias go and it all stems from their leaf color. Begonias with bronze colored vegetation love to be in the sun. Another way of looking at it is that they already have their tan and in doing so can tolerate direct sunlight.
On the other hand, begonias with green vegetation love the shade and actually will burn up if place in full sun, much like a fair-skinned individual.
Once you have the location worked out, simply plant as usual and water in. Begonias like the soil to dry out some in between waterings so monitor soil moisture before you reach for that watering hose.
Begonias have a few long-term requirements. The first is that they like a shot of fertilizer once a month. The second is they like to be groomed. Remove any long stems and spent flowers. Grooming the plant in this manner will not only make it look better but will also encourage growth.
Begonias are one of the most popular annual plants. What makes this plant so popular is how easy it is to grow and its versatility in the outdoor and even in the indoor environment. So this year, consider adding this humble plant to your landscaping. It will not disappoint you.