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How to Grow and Care for Begonia Plants

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Many begonias are grown as outdoor ornamentals, but most can be grown indoors as houseplants. The begonia is a carefree, low-light favorite. It thrives on neglect. Here’s how to care for begonias in your home!


How to Plant Begonias

  • Begonias are easy to propagate. Sow seeds in rich, well-draining soil or propagate plants from stem and leaf cuttings by placing the cuttings in soil and keeping the soil lightly moist.
  • Plant begonias in a pot that is a couple of inches larger than the root ball. 
  • Use potting soil rich in organic matter. 
  • Outdoors, place begonias in a location that gets partial morning sun. 

How to Care for Begonias

  • Keep the soil moist but be careful not to overwater. Only water when the soil feels dry. 
  • Remove any faded flowers and dead leaves to keep the plant happy.
  • Do not to get the leaves wet when watering.

Begonias are generally pest resistant, but due to their soft stems and foliage, are susceptible to powdery mildew and other fungi, which may lead to rot. 

Wit and Wisdom
  • Begonias may cause vomiting and salivation in cats and dogs. The most toxic part is the root.