All about the begonia, colorful all summer

All about the begonia, colorful all summer

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The begonia is a massive plant originating from tropical areas of South America and Southeast Asia. Breeders have diversified varieties of begonias over the years and we can install today in his garden or on his balcony several tens of varieties. The two most common types of begonias planted are: tuberous begonia, quite rustic, to plant outdoors or indoors, and begonia semperflorens, with small colorful flowers and round foliage and dark green, the plant is also called massive begonia. Begonia grows in rich, well-drained soils and prefers shady exhibitions.

The begonia is one of the bedrock plants the most popular and the most easy to cultivate. His color palette made it indispensable for brightening up a garden or a planter. Our practical tips will help beginners and confirmed gardeners to grow the begonia successfully in their garden and on their terrace.

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Begonia planting

The tuberous begonia plants in the ground or in a pot in the spring, at the end of the risk of frost. Install the begonia tubers in a well drained and pebble free. Plan a shaded but bright exposure. Make the eyes of the begonia point to the sky. Push them in about 5 cm. Cover the tubers and water without drowning the plant. The begonia can also be vegetated in pots before being installed outdoors.

Regarding the begonia semperflorensexpert gardeners may attempt sowing, but this requires time and care, begonia semperflorens needinghumidity and heat regular. It is easier to buy begonia pots in late spring in a garden center and then install them in the ground or in a planter. As with the tuberous begonia, prepare the soil well, adding compost to the poor soils. This type of begonia also appreciates well-drained land. It supports sunny situations, but its leaves tend to burn installed south, without any protection. Immerse the clods of the plants before putting them in the ground. Depress the begonias, tamp around the root ball and water without drowning the plant.

Potted begonia, care tips

The tuberous or semperflorens begonia is very easy to gardening culture or in pot. Some varieties of begonias semperflorens have a hanging port that makes them one of the most used plants for flowering potgies. Proceed as a plantation in the ground and water regularly. On a terrace, do not expose the begonia in full sun, all day long. Inside, the tuberous begonia supports the heat of an apartment. The pot must remain well moist.

Size and maintenance of the begonia

Remove them wilted flowers Begonias as the flowers bloom, so that they are renewed until the frosts. You can keep the tuberous begonias by harvesting them after the first frost. Let them dry in a cold room in the shade. Remove the stems and keep them all winter in an anti-freeze box. Put them in vegetation the following spring. At this time, do not forget to collect pieces of tubers and place them in pots for get new begonias.

Watering and Begonia fertilizer

Water regularly the begonia without drowning it. Avoid over-watering the flowers: they can rot. If your soil is rich and well prepared, the begonia will not no need for special fertilizer. To support begonias blooming in pots or planters, add a flower fertilizer during each watering.

Diseases and parasites that affect the begonia

The begonia is susceptible to gray mold and powdery mildew. They often appear when there is too much moisture, too cold or hot. This can also happen if the plants are installed too close to each other. Delete sick leaves, avoid fertilizers rich in nitrogen in the waterings and spray on the plant of the Nettle of nettles.

To know about the begonia

The begonia was named after a certain Michel Begon, naval steward at Rochefort in the Charente Maritime. Besides, this is where the national conservatory of the begonia.

The varieties of begonias to choose

The begonia exists in multiple colors. Choose it according to your preferences and wanted marriages. Among the tuberous begonias, note that the variety Apricot illumination, orange, supports the sun better than the others. For flowering potgies, the begonia Dragon Wind, with simple flowers and pink, also supports the sun. For graphic and contemporary massifs, marry the double white begonia, with double flowers and dark foliage, with light green foliage.

Gardener's tip on the begonia

Begonia has long been considered a difficult plant to grow. However, the new varieties have changed the game and it settles in just about any garden. Do not hesitate to place tuberous begonias under shrubs and fill the holes of your beds.