How do you take care of double begonias?

How do you take care of double begonias?

Double Begonia grows well in partial sun and shade. Generally, a location with morning sun and afternoon shade is ideal. Always protect the plant from hot afternoon sun else; the foliage will scorch. The best location would be the north or east-facing window.

Are double begonias annuals or perennials?

Are begonias a perennial plant or an annual flower? There are no perennial begonias. There are forms that make great houseplants and will grow year-round indoors, but outdoors the plants are all unable to tolerate frost.

What is a double begonia?

Double begonias are the same species as singe flower begonias. Double begonias are cultivated varieties that have flowers with double sets of flower petals. Other common names are wax begonia and bedding begonia.

Do begonias come back year after year?

Like Impatiens, Begonias are actually tender perennials (come back year after year) that are usually treated as annuals (gone forever at first frost). ... In deep shade situations, Begonias will stretch and become leggy, so do give them a spot with at least a few hours of sunlight for the best results.

Can I save my begonias for next year?

There's no need to throw them away when cold weather hits and the tops die. The tubers can be saved over the winter and planted again the next spring for another year of showy color. Take the following steps to save your potted tuberous begonia tubers: ... Store tubers in a dry, dark, cool (above freezing) area.

What month do you plant begonias?

Tuberous begonias produce beautiful rose-like flowers in a variety of colors. They are started from tubers, which many refer to as bulbs, and should be planted in early spring. Gardeners love begonias because unlike most other flowering plants, they prefer shade over sun.

How do you keep begonias blooming?

For outdoor begonias, avoid overwatering – these plants benefit from bottom watering and sprinkler misting when the soil is dry. Use a diluted liquid fertilizer to encourage blooms. Fertilize when you first plant begonias, and every three weeks going forward.

Should I deadhead begonias?

do not require deadheading to thrive. ... However, if you want to clean up your begonias a bit faster than nature does, or if you want to encourage the plant to produce more stems, you should get into the habit of deadheading. Examine a begonia every one to three days to look for faded flowers.

How long do begonias live for?

2 to 3 years

How do you care for potted begonias?

Begonia Care Tips

  1. 1) Plant begonia in pot that allows about 2 inches of space all the way around the roots. ...
  2. 2) Begonias like to sit in locations that have daily full to partial morning sunlight.
  3. 3) Put the plant on a regular watering schedule. ...
  4. 4) Feed the plant a balanced houseplant fertilizer once a month.

Do begonias like small pots?

Begonias typically come from a florist or nursery already potted according to the size of their roots. As the plant grows, however, it may need to be transferred to a larger pot. Avoid overcompensating by placing a small begonia in a huge pot, as it will likely not do well.

Do begonias like coffee grounds?

(soil free is best) Outdoors, growing begonias means adding lots of organic matter to the soil. Begonias benefit from an acidic soil, which the peat moss gives it. Adding some used coffee grounds to the soil will work wonders for begonias.

How often should I water potted begonias?

The main rule of thumb for watering begonias is to not let the soil dry out completely. Stick your finger into the soil, and if it dry to your first knuckle, it's time to water. Avoid overwatering, which will cause the foliage to turn yellow and eventually drop.

How long do indoor begonias live?

No begonia has a long life span. Most live only 2 to 3 years even with good care. The tubers of tuberous begonias often last 4 to 5 years with good care. Tuberous begonias need a winter rest and don't make good winter houseplants.

Are begonias hard to care for?

Generally, fibrous and rhizomatous begonias make excellent houseplants while tuberous begonias can be grown as houseplants but have a harder time surviving due to the need for higher humidity and light than the other two kinds. ... Begonias grown indoors are especially susceptible to root rot and overwatering.

Is Miracle Grow good for begonias?

Once a week apply half strength (1/2 T Miracle Grow or other soluble plant food per gallon) fertilizer solution in place of regular watering, being sure to give the basket enough so that liquid seeps from the bottom of the pot. Tuberous begonias are not heavy feeders, so don't overdo it.

Do begonias like sun or shade?

Begonias need some sunlight, but they don't do well if that sunlight is harsh and direct. Instead, place them in filtered light, such as beneath high, thin tree canopies. However, as noted below some begonia varieties might tolerate more sun than others.

Do begonias multiply?

You can multiply many begonias (especially rhizomatous begonias, including rex begonias) by leaf cuttings as well. ... To do so, cut a leaf into pieces, each with a small bit of midrib or primary vein, and press the sections into moist growing mix.

Can you root begonia cuttings in water?

All begonias can be divided except for some tuberous begonias. The simplest medium to root cuttings in is water. Nearly all the types of cuttings will root in water, except for leaf section cuttings that require sterile conditions. The best containers for rooting in water are small baby food jars.