What is a Begonia anyway? Begonia plants are long, flowering underground tubers that grow up to 18 inches high, depending upon the species you select. They are loved by people for their capacity to grow both inside and outside. Indoors, Begonia can survive even the winter season. And in tropical areas where they usually do well outdoors, you could count on the fact that they also make good indoor houseplants.
There are many different species of Begonia, but two of the most common are the Cymbidium and the Ensaria species. These two types of plants can be found all over the world, particularly in South Eastern Countries such as Australia and India. The most hardy of these plants is the Indian type, which can survive temperatures as low as -5 degrees Fahrenheit. If you live in a colder region, then you can grow other kinds of Begonia, including the rock-hard Ensaria that is only found in the Eastern Himalayas. Even if you live in a warmer part of the world, such as Central America, there are plants to grow, such as the tall, silver-grey Hydrocotyle which grows up to three feet tall.
There are many different types of Begonia that you can grow, such as the tubers, the perennials, the climbers, and the biennials. The tubers, or those plants that come up to six inches tall and develop as clumps, can be used to accentuate your garden’s height and width. If you want taller growing plants, then build up the clumps as a carpet, and make sure you water them daily.
The other type of plant you can grow is the begonias, which can grow as tall as seven feet. These varieties have spindly leaves with pointed tips, and they form a rug-like surface beneath the potting soil. Most begonias flowers are white and fragrant, but there are a few varieties that have lovely pink flowers. When you buy begonias in the store, look for the ones that have the colorful petals, and do not be afraid to dig them up and plant them yourself.
It is also possible to grow begonias in containers, including small plastic pots, flower pots that have been cuttings, and even hanging baskets. Be sure to remove any leaves on the stems of these plants when you plant them, and add fertilizer right before you plant them in the garden. The roots will have to be packed into the soil so they will have enough room to grow. Once the roots are established, cut the flowers off the stem. Cuttings will be more successful if they are planted directly into the garden. If you are growing the plants indoors, make sure to keep them protected from insects and strong sunlight.
If you are learning how to grow Begonia from seed, it is wise to only plant tubers in the potting soil. Tubers should be potted into three or four foot tall pots, but it is possible to plant them in shaded areas outdoors if you have a large window to allow sunlight in. The soil mixture you use to plant the tubers will determine how long they will live and how quickly they will grow.
There are four zones you should be using when it comes to growing Begonia, and they include hardy, cool, intermediate and hardy. Begonia should be planted in the appropriate zone according to the size of the tubers. For example, if you are growing thirty-five gallon pots, start your plants in zones one through three, then move them to zones four and five.
There are a few things to remember about indoors plants. Make sure there is no heat or air coming in from outside and make sure the temperatures stay constant. In areas with winter, it is wise to put the tubers in a basement or attic where the winter chill does not reach. When it is nearly freezing, move the pots to their warmer zones. Some experts believe that you should protect the leaves of Begonia by wrapping them in plastic when they are removed from the garden. How to grow Begonia is easier when you follow these guidelines.