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Learn how to care for begonias along with its history and classification details.

Hardiness Zone: 9-10
Soil Type: Neutral
Sun Exposure: Full sun, part sun, shade
Annual or Perennial: Perennial
Type: Flower

History: The origin of the begonia was commonly thought to be in Brazil, though some were found in Mexico at an earlier date and the Chinese used them in the 14th century. However, the first person to document the discovery of the begonia was a Franciscan monk, Charles Plumier, who found fibrous begonias in Brazil in 1690.

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How to Care for Begonias

Common questions and details on how to care for begonias.

How do I plant begonias?

Choose a light potting soil with extra perlite if available, or create your own mix using equal parts of potting soil, perlite, and peat moss. Spacing: Begonia tubers should be spaced about 1 foot apart in the garden, but can be planted closer together in hanging baskets and window boxes.

When is the best time to plant?

The best time to plant begonias outdoor is in late spring, after the soil is warm and all danger of frost has passed.

How do I propagate begonias?

Simply cut a rhizome into pieces about 1” to 1 ½” long, and press them gently into moistened potting soil, or a moistened mix of perlite and vermiculite. As with the leaf cuttings, give them high humidity and keep them in a warm, well-lit spot out of direct sunlight until roots begin to form.

Can I grow begonias in a pot?

Yes, you can grow begonias in a pot. Begonias thrive well in pots, so long as they are getting enough water and sun.

How much should I water begonias?

Begonias should be watered every 2-4 days.

How do I care for begonias with fertilizer?

Yes, you can fertilize begonias frequently, think of Miracle Grow.

When does begonias bloom?

Begonias will bloom from spring, summer, and into fall.

When do I harvest agave?

You can harvest agave when it is at least 7 years along.

Should I plant any companion plants?

Begonias grow well with Impatiens, Torenia, Caladium, Coleus, Boston Fern, Black Mondo Grass, and Silver Nickel Vine.

What are some special features?

Agaves are characterized by a rosette of succulent or leathery leaves that range in size from a few centimeters to more than 2.5 meters (8 feet) in length.

Begonia Meaning

The Begonia flower can symbolize uniqueness, harmony, gratitude, and or caution.

The begonia is an amazing plant…it just keeps going along and blooming, and when cut back, it starts up again.

~Gladys Taber

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