Caring for Begonias

A pair of potted peach and red begonias soak up the sun on a residential windowsill

How to Care For Begonias

While over 1,300 kinds of begonias exist, most flower aficionados are familiar with wax and tuberous begonias. These easy-to-care-for plants - native to Southern Africa and Central and South America - produce dramatic, colorful blossoms that look great in gardens, window boxes, hanging planters, and pots indoors. You can extend the bloom period by long periods indoors, giving you constant color, as long as you keep your begonias away from drafty areas. Ensure your begonias are exposed to humidity regularly, and fertilize them monthly with a basic formula to keep them healthy. Propagate begonias from cuttings and prune wilted blossoms as needed.

Begonia Light Needs

Give begonias bright, indirect light in the morning and shade in the afternoon. Begonias are sensitive to heat, so if you live in a warm climate, be mindful that you place them in an area that doesn't overheat. In cooler climates, full sunlight may be okay.

How Often to Water Begonias

Keep begonias in rich, well-draining soil and water when the top inches are dry. Ensure water drains thoroughly to avoid root rot, and avoid getting fluid on the foliage to prevent fungus. Don't overwater. Place begonias on a container filled with pebbles and water for optimal humidity.

Bring some green into your home now!

Follow these guidelines and watch your plants thrive and become cherished living decor in your home. Their vibrant color, freshness, and vitality provide daily health and well-being benefits that will make you feel like you are living in a garden paradise.