How to care for a Begonia plant

Begonias are one of the largest familes of plants. With over 1600 kinds of Begonia there is literally a Begonia for everyone! These plants are grown as bedding plants outside ins ummer as well as potted tropicals. Painted leaf begonias are more known for their leaves than their flowers but are equally as stunning as their big flowering counterparts.

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  • Moderate
  • Once every two years
  • Shade or partial shade
  • Toxic
  • Once every three weeks

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  • Begonias were first found in Brazil but they grow in other areas, too. They are known to be found in Mexico and China. Because of the great variety of different Begonia's there are big differences to some Begonias found in Southern America as opposed to those found in Asia. They all look stunning, we think!
  • These guys aren't great at purifying the air. Just like any other plant Begonia's will naturally do some air cleaning for you but if you are looking for a plant that is great at it, you might want to look elsewhere.
  • Begonias are toxic to pets. Seek help of a vet when your pet has ingested any leaves or stems.
  • Begonias are finicky when it comes to watering. They like the soiil to be moist at all times. Be careful with over watering, though. Root rot can set in which can be the demise of your beautiful Begonia!
  • Begonia's are not a fan of the sun. They will be better in low light conditions. Full shade or partial shade works best.
  • When applying fertilizer make sure to dilate the fertilizer with 3 parts of water to 1 part of fertilizer. A 10-10-10 fertilizer works best for Begonias.
  • Repotting of your Begonia can be done once every two years and make sure never to repot into a pot that is more than 20% larger than the previous pot. Begonia's dont like to be kept in a roomy environment :)
  • Any leaves that seem to take a life of their own can be pruned at the stem. Some Begonias are cut down fully in winter so they survive better outside. They can also be taken inside in winter or kept fully indoors. When pruning, be sure to use a clean set of sheers to avoid rotting or other issues after cutting stems.
  • Begonias are prone to root rot and stem rot as a result of overwatering. Be careful when you are watering your Begonia's and apply the 'less is more' principle!!. Aphids do like Begonia's so be careful with putting yours near a draft or other areas where Aphids can creep in.

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