The stunning begonia – with its intricate leaves and delicate flowers – is, not surprisingly, a favorite among gardeners. Despite its impressive looks, the begonia is a surprisingly simple plant to grow. Of course, that’s not to say that it doesn’t have its quirks. As with all of us, begonias have their own unique set of likes and dislikes.
If you love the look of begonias and would like to fill your home or yard with their cheerful blooms, you just have to learn a few ins and outs of their care. Fortunately, with a bit of know-how, you can get begonias to thrive both indoors and outdoors. So if you’re ready to get started, we’re here to help. Here are some of our top tips on how to take care of begonias.
The Outdoorsy One
If you’re hoping to grow indoor begonias, you have lots of options to choose from. That said, there is one type of begonia plant that doesn’t do well indoors. Tuberous begonias don’t usually make good houseplants; this type likes to go into a dormant state in the winter.
If you’d like to have outdoor begonias in the warmer months and indoor begonias when it’s cooler, you’re in luck. Certain begonias are made for the outdoor-indoor transition.
Keep in mind that begonias and frost don’t mix. Be sure to move them inside before the frosty temperatures hit. If you wait too long and think you can save your begonias by quickly bringing them inside, you may be disappointed. If begonias are allowed to stay outside until after the temperature gets below 60 degrees Fahrenheit, they will likely go into shock when they’re brought inside and might not make it.
Indoor begonias aren’t super fussy, but if you’re looking for the ideal location for your blossoming beauty, there are a couple of rules to keep in mind. Begonias quite like bright light, but prefer it to be indirect. Even better, if you have a spot on your home that’s a little on the humid side, your begonia will love you for placing it there.
But not to worry if you live in a dryer climate. Simply fill a shallow tray with water and pebbles and place your begonia on top.
Beware Root Rot
While indoor begonias certainly benefit from being around some moisture, you don’t want to keep them too wet. Root rot can quickly take hold if these plants are overwatered. It’s best not to give begonias water unless they truly need some.
In fact, some people suggest that the plant should look somewhat dry and droopy before watering. Also, watering under the leaves is important, as the leaves are susceptible to fungal growth.
Annual or Perennial?
Those who are looking to put in some outdoor begonias may wonder whether the plant is an annual or perennial. The answer lies in the type of climate you live in. In zones 8a and cooler, begonias are annual plants. If you happen to live in a zone from 8b to 11, on the other hand, your begonias should be able to last outside all year round.
Just as with indoor begonias, outdoor begonias like to be somewhere where they’ll get light, but nothing too strong. Being in a spot that gives them some gentle morning sunlight for approximately four to six hours a day is ideal. A shady spot is also workable, though your plants probably won’t bloom as often.
Begonias brighten up any space—inside, outside or both. If you’re just learning how to take care of begonias, try planting them in a variety of areas to see what works best for you. For an extra boost of cheeriness, Bouqs.com has what you need. We deliver cut-to-order happiness in the form of the freshest artisan Bouqs you can get.Shop All