How to Care for Begonias Indoors

Overview

Begonias display a wide variety of shapes, sizes and colors, with blooms ranging from white to red. The vibrant green leaf coloring make begonias attractive house plants all year long. Begonias require very little care and are perfect for the beginning gardener or as an easy-to-maintain house plant. With proper care, you can enjoy the bright blooms and colorful foliage of your begonia plants throughout your home.

Step 1

Place your begonia plants in a window or patio where they will receive several hours of filtered sunlight each day. Begonias will tolerate direct sun if kept cool, but the leaves will look healthier if kept in filtered light.

Step 2

Keep the soil in your begonia containers moist. Make sure the container has good drainage, as the roots of the begonia do not tolerate sitting in water-logged soil.

Step 3

Cover the soil in your begonia containers with a layer of mulch to help maintain adequate soil moisture.

Step 4

Mist your begonia plants daily using a fine setting on a spray bottle. This is especially important if you live in a dry climate, as begonias thrive in humidity.

Step 5

Fertilize your begonia plants once a month with a liquid fertilizer diluted to quarter strength.

Things You'll Need

  • Spray bottle
  • Mulch
  • Flowering-plant fertilizer

References

  • Plant Ideas: House Plant Index: Begonia
  • Begonia Care
  • National Gardening Association: Shade-Loving Annuals
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About this Author

Lydia Stephens began writing professionally in 2009. She has written online for Nile Guides, SheKnows.com and various other Web sites and has been published in "Stringing Magazine" and "Xiamen Wave." Stephens played competitive soccer for 19 years, has been weight lifting since 2007 and enjoys running, biking and sailing. She has a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from the University of Texas.