How to Care for a Begonia: Begonia comes from tropical climates and requires basic care to grow indoors. There are more than 1700 types of begonias in the world and they stand out for their beautiful flowers in a wide range of colors.
The name of this plant genus was thanks to the botanist Charles Plumier who lived in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Michel BEgon was inspired by a former governor of the French colony of Sanit Domingue, now Haiti. It is a plant highly valued for its color, its care is not very difficult but you have to follow some guidelines to get it acclimated to your home.
7 Steps to Take How to Care for a Begonia
1. Find out which species your begonia belongs to
Among the more than 1700 species of begonias, three families stand out: the rhizomatous, the fibrous and the tuberous. The choice of the type of begonia if we want it to grow indoors is important. The species is usually indicated on a small sign inside the plant or you can ask at the nursery.
For example, rhizomatous begonias and fibrous begonias are suitable for indoor cultivation. However, the tuberoses are more difficult to maintain at home, it would be necessary to have a kind of greenhouse since they require a high degree of humidity and light.
2. They need a warm temperature and enough humidity
The majority of begonia species come from tropical or subtropical climates. This conditions that these plants need quality or mild temperatures to live between 18 and 22 degrees is ideal but they can also live at somewhat warmer temperatures. If we think about the ecosystem of tropical forests, the degree of humidity is high.
The ideal environment for a begonia to grow is warm and humid. Humidity can be achieved with hydro-flower boxes at the temperature looking for an area of the house that receives indirect sun most of the day. Begonias are not able to withstand very cold temperatures if you live in a cold area you will have to create adequate conditions or you will die.
3. Choose a good location
Often at home plants are spoiled by not choosing the right place. A plant is a living being in addition to ‘decorating’, it needs some conditions to be able to grow properly.
Indirect light is the most often appreciate plants, a place with indirect light is one that receives light for many hours but not in full sun. For example, a plant that is located several meters from a sunny window, a direct light would be if we place the plant practically stuck to the sunny window.
4. Achieve an adequate degree of humidity
The begonias need a constant degree of humidity, (remember they are plants of tropical climates ), but it has to be in the right degree, the excess of watering kills them, this is one of the frequent problems of the interior care of the begonia.
People often water it excessively because they understand they need a lot of moisture (but humidity is achieved in different ways). A cheap and effective method of achieving this degree of humidity is: put a plate under water and pebbles, do not need a large amount, the typical dishes used with plants with a little water and pebbles will maintain the degree of humidity. In summer every three days it adds water to the dish, in winter every 7-9 days.
5. Water only when you see that the plant needs it
Experts recommend watering only when you see that the plant is with fallen leaves and clearly asks for water. This is an important step to prevent the excess of irrigation that previously commented. In general, indoor plants die more by excess water than by default.
6. Do not moisten its leaves
Begonias are especially resistant to pests, however, they are quite susceptible to fungi, which is why it is recommended to keep their leaves dry.
7. Remove dead leaves and flowers
If you want your begonia to last longer, remember every week to remove withered flowers and dead leaves. In this way we avoid the risk that molds may appear, in addition to removing the dead parts we give way to new leaves and flowers can grow.