How to Grow Begonias

Overview

Grown indoors or out, begonias are inexpensive to grow yet rich in blooms, textures and colors. Available in trailing, thick-stemmed and bushing varieties, among others, the plant has more than 1,500 species that grow naturally or are man-made. Begonias are widely known for their easy ability to hybridize. So, look over the begonia plant family and you surely will find a variety that can be grown nearly anywhere under any conditions.

How to Grow Begonias

Step 1

Most begonias are grown outdoors as annuals during the summer months. But, pot them in proper containers and they can be grown indoors year-round. Begonias planted outdoors during the summer can be dug up in the fall, enjoyed indoors during the winter and transplanted outdoors for the warm months.

Step 2

For begonias grown indoors, keep the soil moist, taking caution to let the soil partially dry between waterings. Provide ample humidity for your begonias by spraying the surrounding air, or use a humidifier. Place begonias near a fluorescent light or near a window for natural light.

Step 3

Add fertilizer drops to the watering can for regular feedings every two to three days. An alternative would be to apply a weaker fertilizer once a week.

Step 4

Do not over-pot begonias, and use a soilless mix. According to the American Begonia Society, soilless mixes are composed of peat moss mix and are ideal for growing begonias indoors because they drain well while retaining the right amount of moisture.

References

  • Growing Begonias Indoors
  • Growing Begonias
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