Begonias - A few quick facts

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Begonias are plants of the large genus Begonia and common name for the family Begoniaceae, are mostly succulent perennial herbs..The different groups of begonias have different cultural requirements but most species come from tropical regions and therefo

Begonias are plants of the large genus Begonia and common name for the family Begoniaceae, are mostly succulent perennial herbs..

The different groups of begonias have different cultural requirements but most species come from tropical regions and therefore they and their hybrids require warm temperatures. In general, begonias require a well-drained growing medium that is neither constantly wet nor allowed to dry out completely. Many begonias will grow and flower year-round but tuberous begonias , a variety that usually has a dormant period, during which the tubers can be stored in a cool and dry place. Some Begonias belonging to the semperflorens group are frequently grown as bedding plants outdoors and have attractive and brightly colored flowers.

Growing Begonias is easy. They make a good indoor houseplants as they tolerate shade well . Most varieties of Begonias have asymmetrical leaves that often are earlike in shape. Some varieties go dormant or semi-dormant during certain periods of the year and should be kept cool and dry at that time. Begonias can easily be propagated by division or from stem cuttings. Many varieties can also be propagated from leaf cuttings or even sections of leaves, particularly the members of the rhizomatous and rex groups. Apparently ,there are over 1,500 named species (so far) from exotic tropical places around the world. However, only a small fraction are under cultivation.

There are three types of Begonias namely Tuberous, Semperflorens, and the uncommon Perennials. The Semperflorens are by far the most common. They include Fibrous Begonias, Wax Begonias and Everblooming Begonias.

Begonias are cultivated for their colorful and very attractive foliage, and some for their blooms, whereas some of the varieties are valued for both. All species and varieties of begonias can be successfully grown as house plants.They do not require direct sun light, although they need to be kept in such a place where they get enough sunlight and breeze, preferably next to a window or on a window sill if the plant is small and the trailing variety ..

Begonias thrive in a range of sunlight from full sun to shade or semi shade .But most varieties prefer an open atmosphere with semi shade.

They do well in rich, loose fertile soil which drains well. Ideally they should be Watered thoroughly, then the soil should be allowed to dry before the next watering. Overwatering can easily kill the plant. However , I have noticed that the plants look and do well during rainy reason..

Begonias also need constant attention. It is essential to remove dead flowers, leaves, and stems and keep trimming off the long stems to help the plant retain it's compact shape.If neglected they tend to look unkempt and begin to have a one sided growth...

A little bit of care and attention will be rewarding . Begonias grow back with lusher foliage and more blooms when constant supervision and care is given.

To grow them indoors , they need to be kept near a sunny window at first. Later sunlight can be gradually reduced. This will help them adjust to indoor conditions . A certain amount of leaf drop is common at this point, but , in a week or two, Begonias get well acclimated to lower light levels and drier conditions inside one’s home.

Begonias , a few Quick Facts:

Scientific Name: Begonia species

Common Name: Begonia

Light Requirement for Begonias: Bright Light to Filtered Light

Water Requirement for Begonias: Drench, Let Dry

Humidity for Begonias: Average/ Home

Temperature for Begonias: House to Cool

Fertilizer for Begonias: High Phosphorus

Potting Mix for Begonias: All-Purpose

Propagation of Begonias: Division, Leaf Cuttings, Seed, Stem Cuttings

Decorative Use for Begonias: Hanging Basket, Table

Care Rating for Begonias: Easy

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