Versatility is one of the traits you will love about begonias for the can be grown in containers, flowerbeds and even hanging baskets. Known as the largest angiosperm genera, Begonias contains 1500 species of shrubs, perennials and climbers that are native in South and Central America, Africa and Southern Asia. Their showy flowers come in colors including pink, scarlet, yellow and white. They all have a bright yellow center called the “eye.”
Common Name: Begonia
Types: Tuberous, Semperflorens, and Perennial
Light: Sun,Part Sun,Shade
Water: Drench, Let Dry
Fertilizer: High Phosphorus
Soil: Acidic soil with pH 6 to 7 and light well-drained soil
Propagation: Division, Leaf Cuttings, Seed, Stem Cuttings
Companion Plant: Imatiens, Blue Lobelia, Wishbone flower
Decorative Use: Hanging Basket, Table
Landscape Uses: Containers, Beds & Borders
Special Features: Flowers, Easy to Grow
- Begonias are shade loving plants and cannot tolerate frost.
- Six to eight inches of redwood mulch, oak leaf mold or other humus type of amendments dug into your soil will do wonders.
- Put them in the shade until you can plant them, (not more than a day or two!) Plant them at the same depth that they were growing.
- Begonias do not like to be over-watered.
- Plant care includes removing dead flowers stems and leaves, trimming stem and putting liquid fertilizer monthly instead of dry.
Disease and Pest
Fungal disease like Botris blight, powdery mildew, leaf and stem rot, and Pythium root rot are often the problem of begonias specially if they are grown during wet, warm spring. Mealybugs, white flies and spider mites are the common pest that begonia suffers. In addition to that, they are also pestered by scales, slugs and snails in the garden.
Fun Facts about Begonia
- The first begonia was introduced into England in 1777.
- The flower is related to pumpkins, squash, gourds, cucumbers and melons
- The genus Symbegonia is now included in Begonia.
- The Tuberous begonia is also very popular around the world as a bedding plant and also as a greenhouse plant.
- The name Begonia honours Michel Bègon, a former governor and amateur botanist.
- Tuberous and wax begonias are edible and have a citrusy taste.
- The Kimjongilia cultivar is the floral emblem of North Korea.
- Begonia seeds are one of the smallest in the world of flowers. Just one ounce of seed can produce as many as 3 million seedlings.
- In the past, begonias were used to polish sword blades.
- Begonias are succulent-like plants that can store water .
- In their stems, meaning that they are drought-tolerant.
- Begonias represent “be cautious” when given away.
- On the other hand, it typically represents a person with a dreamy, almost innocent nature.
- As a gift, these are often presented to creative individuals and children because of their fanciful symbolism and their simple, unsullied beauty.
Indeed,begonia captivated us by its showy and mesmerizing, colorful flowers. It offers different varieties that each gardeners would love to collect. How about you? Do you love Begonias? Share some of you experience and tips on growing them in your garden in the comment box.
Begonia Flowers Information (GardenGuides.com)
Begonia ( Better Homes and Gardens.com)
Begonias ( TheFlowerExpert.com)
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